Dental decay is a communicable disease so you have to be careful who you are kissing. In a recent study that was published in the Journal of Dental Research it was shown that mothers that have numerous dental cavities can increase the likelihood that their children will develop dental cavities as well. It is important not to kiss your children on the mouth to prevent transmission of the bacteria that cause tooth decay.
If you are concerned and have a lot of cavities and fillings in your mouth but want to do everything possible to prevent cavities in your kid’s mouths here are important tips to follow:
1) Do not kiss your child if there will be saliva transfer
2) Don’t let your kids put their hands in your mouth or nanny’s
3) Do not share utensils
4) Do not have your kids drink out of your cup
How readily dental decay is transmissible is dependent on a few factors. How infected is the parent or caregiver. How often they come in contact with the child. More importantly what is the diet of the child? If poor then there is a high probability of disease tnsmission.
Tooth decay is 100% preventable!
Removing plaque regularly with careful brushing and flossing, a low sugar diet, and regular professional dental cleanings can keep anyone cavity-free for a lifetime.
• 2 Minutes, Twice A Day. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes at least two times a day.
•Floss every night. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth where your toothbrush doesn’t reach.
•Fluoride for children and decay susceptible adults. The use of additional fluoride supplements, rinses and professionally applied varnishes can make teeth more decay resistant.
• Watch your sugar intake. Limiting the frequency as well as the amount of sugar containing snacks and drinks is important. A can of sugary soda can cause much more tooth damage if you are taking small sips throughout the day versus drinking the entire can at once.
Don’t wait for decay to get worse! If you have been diagnosed with a cavity, or suspect you have one, get it taken care of ASAP. The sooner action is taken the better your odds of reversing the disease process. Small cavities need small fillings. Large cavities are more likely to need more extensive (and costly), treatments and restorations such as crowns or root canals.