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by Dream Works, 12 Mar | 2016

Contagious Cavities – Mothers Are Not The Only Carriers

According to the American Dental Association, the cavity causing bacteria is extremely contagious i.e. they can be transmitted from one person to another. Most of us blame candies, sweets and sugars for rotten teeth, however the real culprit is the bacteria named Streptococcus mutans. This bacteria takes its nourishment from the left-over food particles in our mouth and produces acid that eats away our precious teeth.

Because of lack of immunity, children are more susceptible to cavities than adults. Thus, it becomes imperative to protect the dental health of the children. Following are some steps recommended by the experts that extend beyond brushing twice a day and flossing –Never share baby food or utensils with others (other kids, babysitter, mom, dad, etc.).

  • Never put child’s pacifier in your mouth.
  • Never kiss your child on the lips.
  • Make use of wet gauge to clean your child’s gums.
  • Use small baby-brush usually recommended by the dentists for cleaning your child’s first teeth.
  • Avoid sugary stuff during bed time.
  • Make sure child eats balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Regular intake of water is important.
  • Make sure you schedule your child’s first dental visit before the age of 1.
  • Make use of fluoride toothpaste and brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
  • Apply dentist recommended sealant (applied on the surfaces of permanent molars) to protect against tooth decay.
  • Visit dentist every 6 months.

Bottom-line – The cavity causing bacteria travel from person to person, so it is important to maintain oral hygiene and cultivate healthy oral habits among kids.

Reference – https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725105219.htm


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