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:
- 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
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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