Valentine's Day is right around the corner and it's probably safe to say that there will be a whole lotta' kissin' going on here in Wyoming. Why do we get so excited by a kiss?

Dr. Harold Katz, also known as America's 'Bad Breath Doctor' and founder of TheraBreath, gives us some ideas as to why we get such a rush when we kiss.

According to the doc, a deep, passionate French Kiss will really get your night kicked off in the right direction on Valentine's Day. But he also notes other facts about the action that really gets the body going.

  • Kissing will elevate your blood pressure. This makes your heart beat faster and will send blood flowing all throughout your body.
  • There are many studies out there that say couples who kiss often, live longer. We've heard this before and it should be a good practice that a quick good-bye kiss, can have long-term benefits.
  • Kissing has been known to help with good well being, giving you a positive attitude and, in some cases, can help to relieve stress. Your lips are very sensitive and have on or about 10,000 nerve endings, which is why we dig kissing so much.
  • One study, coming out of the University of Albany, say that open mouth kissing transfers testosterone. The reason men tend to quickly go to 'open mouth' kissing is because they want to 'share' that testosterone which will help to increase their spouse's libido. Here we go!
  • Kissing can bathe the teeth. This is a new one for me. But according to Dr. Katz, the very anticipation of a kiss will get the saliva flowing in your mouth, thus giving your teeth a bath.

Now you know some of the benefits of kissing and why we here in Wyoming love it so much. Just remember to brush, rinse, and floss often because when two people kiss, then exchange about 10 million to 1 billion bacteria. Ewwww. It just comes with the territory.