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Were You Aware That You Can Catch Cavities?

By Deborah Maxwell

There is a specific bacteria that feeds on sugar and generates acid, which infiltrates teeth, resulting in decay. This bacteria is not present at birth, but it is passed to babies from other individuals.

You have this bacteria if you have had any kind of cavity. By sharing your child’s utensils or wiping her face with a little of your saliva, you probably have given your child these cavity causing bacteria.

Eventually, all kids will have some of these germs, but those who get them as babies may develop a lifelong risk of tooth decay. Here’s the good news: If you haven’t had cavities in many years, it’s likely your bacteria level is low. But don’t think you’re immune. Take precautions.

You should never allow your baby to put their fingers in your mouth, and you should also avoid sharing utensils with them. For small baby clean-ups, opt for a baby wipe, as opposed to your saliva.

Even if you haven’t given these germs to your child, it’s good to realize that tooth decay has been more of a problem more common than asthma, diabetes and childhood obesity.

What are the causes, then? Let’s look at this a little further. Processed foods and sugary drinks are a large contributor as to why kids are eating so poorly today. The water they drink doesn’t have fluoride because it comes from a bottle, not the tap. They have more tooth enamel erosion because they are drinking too many sodas and drinks with a lot of acidity.

So, how can you help your kids prevent cavities? Visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings. Your dentist can offer your child fluoride varnish to protect teeth. Limit those sugary snacks and drinks. Drinking milk or eating cheese after meals can help neutralize acids. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating will stimulate saliva protection. Most importantly, get your kids in the habit of brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (you, too!). Change toothbrushes every three or four months.

Follow these tips for dental health, and you and your children will really have something to smile about.

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Maxwell, Deborah "Were You Aware That You Can Catch Cavities?." Were You Aware That You Can Catch Cavities?. 25 Jul. 2010. uberarticles.com. 4 May 2015 <http://uberarticles.com/home-and-family/were-you-aware-that-you-can-catch-cavities/>.

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Maxwell, D (2010, July 25). Were You Aware That You Can Catch Cavities?. Retrieved May 4, 2015, from http://uberarticles.com/home-and-family/were-you-aware-that-you-can-catch-cavities/

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