With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's probably safe to say that on February 14th, there'll be a whole lotta kissin' going on in and around the Pine Tree State.

Why do we get so excited about a kiss?

According to Dr. Harold Katz, a.k.a. America's "Bad Breath Doctor", and founder of a company called TheraBreath, we get a big rush whenever we kiss someone.

Of course, there are different levels of kissing. Anything from a peck to a deep 'french kiss', the good doctor says that this will get you going in the right direction on Valentine's Day.

Here are other benefits to the body when you get your kiss on.

  • Couples Who Kiss Often, Live Longer - Many of us have heard about these kinds of studies. So, a kiss when leaving the house in the morning may help you live a little longer.
  • It Elevates Your Blood Pressure - The faster your heart beats the more increase in blood flow to other parts of your body.
  • Transfers Testosterone - A study from the University of Albany shows that open mouth kissing transfers testosterone. Therefore, men are eager to share this treasure with their lady which may be why they are so quick to attempt an open mouth kiss.
  • It Bathes The Teeth - According to Dr. Katz, the very anticipation of a kiss will get the saliva juices flowing in your mouth, thus giving your teeth a bath. A bit of a new one on me, but we'll take it.

Now you know why Mainer's love to kiss so much and that is exciting especially with Valentines Day right around the corner.

Although all of this sounds really great and romantic remember to always brush and floss your teeth because the reality of all this is that 10 million to 1 billion bacterial microbes are swapped every time you kiss.

You're probably thinking that's gross, but it just comes with the territory. 

In case you need help with the 'perfect kiss', see the video below.