In spite of your mother’s shaking her finger at your and telling you to brush, those sugar candy bars aren’t the only reason you have cavities. Bacteria in your mouth is the actual start of tooth decay. food debris and sticky things are leaving behind tartar and that can turn into a cavity if you’re not careful. As food mixes with acids and saliva, the germs will cling to the teeth and erode away your tooth enamel. Then, cavities can form.
It doesn’t matter what you eat, a cavity won’t form unless there is some bacteria in the mouth. Germs can spread from your mouth through food and utensils, kissing, sneezing and more. This can indeed make those cavities contagious.
A study in Australia shows in the Dental Journal that tooth decay is perhaps the most common and most infection of oral diseases. According to researchers, up to 30 percent of 3 month old children and 60 percent of 6 month old children and almost 80 percent of all 2 year olds, had already been infected with such bacteria as Streptococcus which can create cavities.
According to researchers, children catch the germs from moms and dads who kiss them on the mouth and pass these germs along to the child.
So, does this mean that you shouldn’t kiss someone who has bad dental track records? Not for dental reasons, however, as an adult you’re less susceptible to such bacteria than the children are as they haven’t built up an immunity. You should be somewhat protected by the mere fact that you’re building a tolerance to such viruses.
Here are some great tips to prevent cavities from spreading in your own family:
See the dentist on a regular basis. Half of all adults skip this important step per the Center for Disease Control. To avoid passing cavities on, schedule regular dental appointments. Warning signs are as simple as a sensitive tooth, holes in the teeth or pain. Many patients avoid the dentist until they are in severe pain. This is a huge mistake. Seeing the dentist every six months can do a lot to help prevent tooth decay. It can reduce the frequency of cavities and slow the spread of bacteria in the mouth.
Get a heavy duty rinse for the mouth as well. If you do have a cavity, you’ll require a filling. For early stage decay, the dentist can give you a mouth rinse that has chlorhexidine in it. This is an antiseptic that will help to fight off bacteria and slow decay which turns to a cavity.
Use sugar free gum. Choose something with an artificial sweetener like xylitol. Use it three times a day for five minutes for best results. Xylitol will boost the production of saliva that can help reduce bacteria.
Don’t share if you don’t have to. If you have little ones, don’t share utensils with them. Don’t taste their food prior to serving it to them unless you use a different utensil. Always cover your mouth when sneezing. Kiss your child on his or her cheek instead of the lips to help prevent germs from spreading. Avoid allowing them to use your utensils as well, many parents forget and do this. Never put the pacifier into your mouth to clean it if it falls on the ground. These simple steps can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay in young children.
Be a good patient. Take the dentists advice and brush daily after every meal. Floss each day as well and slow down on sugary products. Teach kids the same good habits. Start when kids are young and they will be more likely to follow your instruction.
Avoid fancy waters and switch to tap water. Most of this will have fluoride in it and that will help to build up their teeth.