Cavities: Contagious?

Can you “catch” a cavity?

In a way, you can catch cavities! But regular teeth cleanings can help. You can prevent cavities from even forming! At Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, we believe you should bring your child in early. We like to see children for a cleaning six months after the first tooth erupts and every six months after that. This is so we can ensure your child’s permanent teeth come in correctly and remain cavity-free later on.

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. Children do not have this bacteria when they are born. But they can get it from a parent, caregiver, or even another child. We can find signs of cavity producing bacteria at our office before the child’s first birthday! With a simple teeth cleaning, we can remove plaque, provide dental fillings, and help to reduce cavity causing bacteria.

To read more on how to avoid cavities, go here.