Cavities can also be contagious like flu. A recent research shows cavities in our mouths can be transmitted to infants, children and even adults. Kissing on mouth, sharing spoons, cups, or toothbrushes, sneezing can easily pass bacteria causing tooth cavity to the other person.
Mothers or caregivers who have cavities can easily transmit oral bacteria to infants and children. Children in the age group of six months to three years are more susceptible to oral infections.
Oral cavities occur when foods like milk, cereals, chocolates, sweets, bread, cakes, fruit, or cake etc., stick on teeth. The cavity causing bacteria – streptococcus mutans and lactobacilli, thrive in saliva. The bacteria in saliva along with the food debris facilitate acid formation in the mouth which dissolve tooth mineral and gradually a cavity is formed.
This means any activity that transmits bacteria infected saliva to the mouth of the other person can lead to teeth cavities.
Adults too can get cavity
Not only children, adults too can get tooth cavities. With age, teeth loosen and gums pull away from them exposing the roots. High intake of sugary or high carbohydrate foods also aid teeth cavities. Kissing on mouth of a person who has high oral bacteria count also make you susceptible to cavities.
Why do I have high cavity rate?
There can be many reasons for anyone facing multiple times tooth cavity. This can be due to any of the below reasons:
- Improper care of teeth
- Lack of dental hygiene
- Low immune system
- Any kind of contact (such as kissing, sharing utensils) with others who have cavities or high oral bacteria count
- High intake of carbohydrates and sugars
How to prevent cavity spread?
Dentists believe exposure to oral bacteria cannot be stopped but can be limited by bringing simple change in our habits and maintaining oral hygiene. By making these below as our habits can help prevent teeth cavities:
- Reduce sugar intake
- Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste
- Brush teeth before going to bed at night
- Regularly use fluoride mouth rinse
- Avoid foods that stuck in your teeth like chocolates, chips, candies etc. Always rinse mouth after eating such foods
- Avoid kissing infants and children on mouth
- Do not place any utensil or other items first in your mouth then in child’s mouth
- Visit your dentist regularly for oral cleaning and examination