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9 tips for giving unforgettable kisses

Posted April 20

Whether you're married or in a dating relationship, you want to keep the physical element of your romance healthy. To keep the spark alive, here are some things to keep in mind to ensure your kisses are ones to remember:

1. Give more attention to lips

Lips have more nerves per square centimeter than your tongue does. The higher the number of nerve endings, the more sensitive that area is; so more contact on lips means more stimulation.

2. Floss

Everyone knows that you should brush your teeth before you kiss; but people sometimes forget about flossing. Flossing reaches places in between your teeth that you can't clean with a toothbrush, and will give you fresh breath that lasts longer. If you're worried about having bad breath, then this is a must (and probably something you should be doing more often anyway).

3. Citrus mouthwash

Minty mouthwashes smell clean, but you can do even better by drinking half a cup of orange juice before you kiss. The citrus also has a clean and fresh feel, but it's more exciting. The sweet and tangy taste will make your kisses as sweet as sugar, and can make your partner's mouth water in anticipation of your kiss.

4. Location, location, location

Who says kisses only have to be on the lips? Depending on your relationship with your partner, feel free to try some other locations with lots of nerve endings, like the neck, ears or collarbone. Or give them a kiss on the forehead as a sweet gesture.

5. Breathe

This isn't a yoga session, but keep your breathing soft, calm and steady. It's also nice to occasionally press your cheek to your significant other's and breathe out slowly. The warm air is relaxing, and it's more intimate to feel someone else breathe.

6. Give feedback

If a kiss was good, a soft "mmm" is all you need to do to let your partner know that you liked it. Positive encouragement is vastly more effective than any kind of criticism, so find a subtle way to let them know what is and isn't good. If there's something that you do or don't want your partner to do, tell them. This keeps you both on the same page.

7. Keep them guessing

Alternate slow tongue movements with quicker ones, which keeps you both focused and interested in what's going to happen next.

Maybe even tease a little. Kiss without opening your mouth for as long as you can. Then, kiss with an open mouth for a little bit, but without tongue. Or, you can slip in your tongue, but make them wait a bit to do that to you.

8. Use your hands

Show your partner that you sincerely care by pulling them close or by playing with their hair.

9. Be kind

When kissing, make sure that you're paying attention to your partner's signals. Don't do anything that would make either of you uncomfortable or embarrassed. Be respectful of boundaries. Remember that this is a person -- not an object.

Hannah Chudleigh joined FamilyShare because of its positive influence on families worldwide. She earned her bachelor's degree in English and loves reading, writing, and running.

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