‘Tis the season for colds and flu, and we all know that the bug can be passed from person-to-person by being in contact with others. Did you know that cavities can be contagious? The professional team at Gentling Dental Care in Rochester, MN can help explain the process of cavities and tooth decay.
Often times we blame sugary treats and lack of brushing and flossing for causing cavities. However, one of the leading causes of cavities and tooth decay is bacteria. Certain types of bacteria, such as Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus, live in our mouths, consume food particles left behind, and stick to our teeth. These bacteria then produce acids which cause tooth decay.
Like the common cold, bacteria travels from person-to-person through kissing or sharing a drink, and one of the most common transmissions of bacteria is from parent to child. Following a few simple steps can help alleviate the spread of bacteria in your mouth so you have healthier gums and teeth:
- Brush and floss daily
- Chew sugar free gum
- Be aware of passing the bacteria through the sharing of drinks and by other means
- Don’t put baby bottles or pacifiers in your own mouth – even if it’s to “clean them off”
If you are going to do your best to avoid causing cavities, be mindful of ways bacteria can spread, and follow good oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily, and schedule routine dental examinations and cleanings. Contact Gentling Dental Care to learn more about the spread of bacteria, good oral health, and to schedule your dental exam today. Our trained professional staff will not only provide you with a thorough exam and cleaning, but we’ll educate you and your family on how the spreading of bacteria can cause cavities and tooth decay. Let’s get to the root of the problem and begin to tackle oral bacteria and its process of becoming contagious.
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