Cavities: Contagious?

 Can you "catch" a cavity?

Cavities themselves are not contagious, but they are easy to ͞catch͟ in teens because of all of the bacteria they are exposed to. You can prevent cavities from even forming with regular teeth cleanings! At Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend cleanings every six months. This is so we can ensure the permanent teeth remain cavity-free well into adulthood. We can also consistently evaluate the growth and development of your teen’s teeth to assess whether orthodontic treatment is necessary.

Preventing cavities

A cavity needs a vulnerable tooth, sugar, and bacteria. We all have some bacteria in our mouths. But some of us have more cavity causing bacteria than others. Anyone who has a cavity in their mouth has a higher level of bacteria that produce cavities. When people share food, drinks, utensils, toothbrushes, and other items, they can pass bacteria on to others. Without regular cleanings, bacteria and plaque in the mouth can lead to gum disease and more invasive treatment, such as a root canal. With a simple teeth cleaning, we can remove plaque, provide dental fillings, and help to reduce cavity causing bacteria. To read more, go here.