Careful, Or You Might Catch A Cavity

Pediatric Care Hedgeville WV You might not know this, and even after you hear it, you might not believe it: Cavities can be just like the flu. If that sounds impossible, this could better explain it: cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from person to person, the same way a cold or the flu passes from one person to another.

Catching a cavity is more common than you think

The common cold is the result of germs being spread. That’s exactly how it can work with harmful cavity-causing bacteria, and it’s fairly common, especially in infants and children.

A quick review of how tooth decay happens

Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars that we eat and drink into acid. The acid dissolves tooth mineral, which eventually causes a visible hole, a cavity.

Adults are less susceptible to catching a cavity

Grown-ups have had years to build up their immunity. However, adults can still catch a cavity by:

  • Kissing
  • Sneezing
  • Sharing utensils
  • Sharing toothbrushes

All of the above activities can help spread cavity-causing bacteria.

Main reasons for cavities

  • Lack of proper home care
  • Improper diet, high in carbohydrates and sugars
  • Genetics

Are you spreading cavities to your baby?

Research has discovered that caretakers are often responsible for spreading cavities to babies. Mothers with cavities, for example, can transmit cavity-producing oral bacteria by putting anything in their baby’s mouth that has been in their mouths. So if you share a spoon with your baby to encourage him or her to eat, or if you put your baby’s pacifier in your mouth even for a moment, you could be passing along tooth decay-causing bacteria.

What can you do to avoid getting and spreading cavities?

You can avoid spreading bacteria to children by:

  • Avoiding kissing your baby directly on the mouth
  • Don’t put anything in your mouth and then in your baby’s

You can limit your exposure to cavity-causing bacteria and work to create a healthier environment in your mouth, which will reduce the bacteria and their effects, by:

  • Brushing regularly
  • Reducing sugar intake
  • Visiting your dentist for cleanings and check-ups

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