Are Cavities Really Contagious?
Yes in fact they are. The #1 chronic childhood disease – dental caries or cavities – is actually an infectious disease.
Since babies spend a whopping majority of their time with their mothers, it’s likely that they “catch” tooth decay from them.
In fact, a study conducted by the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry in Australia found cavity-causing bacteria in 30% of 3-month old babies’ mouths and 80% of 24-month-old babies’ mouths.
Tooth decay is caused by cavity-causing bacteria and acid from the food we eat. This same bacteria can easily find a new home in your baby’s mouth if the opportunity arises.
To keep your baby’s mouth clean, it’s vital to start with your own. Make sure you regularly visit your dentist and hygienist.
To further protect your baby from childhood dental caries, avoid these situations that allow bacteria to pass from mom to baby: