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Did You Know Your Cavities Could Give Others Cavities?
Posted on 9/15/2019 by Office
Humans need to eat in order to grow and thrive. When we eat, our bodies are provided with vital nutrients. It seems a straightforward act, until we look a little closer. Most of us understand that we are made up of more than meets the eye. While we chew and swallow, there are millions of bacteria, helping us—and hurting us—along the way. What food doesn't make it into the esophagus, gets left behind in the mouth. These tiny morsels provide nutrients for bacteria already present in our mouths. Some of these bacteria help us begin the digestive process; some counteract bad breath. However, these food particles also feed harmful bacteria, resulting in cavities. Can Cavities be Contagious?The bacteria feeding on our leftovers turn out to be quite ambitious! They can be spread by sharing utensils, sneezing, coughing, kissing—any act in which saliva is shared from one person to the other. One of these bacteria is called Streptococcus mutans. Streptococcus mutans is especially dangerous to vulnerable people (children, the elderly, and sick), and particularly good at causing cavities. Often, one or two people prepare the family meal, tasting a little bit here and there. We kiss our loved ones; a stranger coughs or sneezes in our vicinity. Regular activities can become dangerous when one of us is harboring active, harmful bacteria. How Can We Prevent the Spread of Cavities?It's important to cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing. Avoid sharing utensils when possible, and make sure to wash hands and dishes thoroughly, using hot water and a strong, antibacterial soap. A good oral hygiene regimen is crucial. We always recommend our patients brush and floss twice per day. It's important to visit us every 6 months for a routine check-up and cleaning. We'll make sure your mouth is free of plaque, and catch any cavities before they can cause serious harm to you or others....
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All Posts:

Did You Know Your Cavities Could Give Others Cavities?
9/15/2019
Reasons to Invest in a Tongue Cleaner
8/25/2019
How Your Teeth Feel the Effects of Bone Loss in Your Jaw
8/15/2019
Managing Sore Gums at Home
7/20/2019
Jaw Pain Can Lead to Ear Issues
7/10/2019
What Makes Up the Composite Resin We Use for Fillings?
6/25/2019
How Coconut Water Can Help with Your Oral Health
6/15/2019
Ways of Brightening Your Smile Starting Today
5/25/2019
Treating A Crooked Tooth Without Braces
5/15/2019
Come In and See Us if You Notice a Loose Tooth
4/20/2019
Can Yoga Give You a Healthier Mouth?
4/10/2019
Signs You Clench Your Teeth In Your Sleep and What to Do About It
3/25/2019
Should You Floss with Water or Mouthwash or With a Liquid Flosser?
3/15/2019
Are Carrots Good for Your Teeth or Too Sweet?
2/25/2019
How Do Your Teeth Get Whiter with Whitening Toothpaste?
2/15/2019
Is Black Tea Good for Your Teeth?
1/25/2019
How to Protect Your Oral Health While Traveling
1/15/2019
What You Drink Can Ruin Your Breath
12/25/2018
What We Look For Specifically During Dental Exams
12/15/2018
Is Oral Herpes Something That Can Reduce Your Oral Health?
11/25/2018
How to Pick Out the Perfect Electric Toothbrush
11/15/2018
Should You Put Aloe on Oral Cuts or Scrapes?
10/25/2018
Secrets to Having a Beautiful Smile
10/15/2018
What Does Bad Breath Say About You?
9/25/2018
What Do the Teeth and Gums Get Out of Eating Produce?
9/15/2018
Your Tongue and the Roof of Your Mouth Need Brushing Too
8/25/2018
You Need to Protect Your Oral Health When You Work Out -Here's Why
8/15/2018
Most Common Risk Factors for Tooth Loss
7/20/2018
Does Your Jaw Tend to Hurt When You Wake Up?
7/10/2018
Why Ibuprofen is So Highly Recommended After Oral Procedures
6/20/2018
Why Do Your Taste Buds Swell?
6/10/2018
What Can Make Your Dental Bonding Dull
5/20/2018
Ways of Decreasing Your Risk of Oral Cancer
5/10/2018
Snacking Can Increase the Chances of Tooth Decay by Eating Away at Your Enamel
4/20/2018
Signs You May Be Getting Too Much Fluoride
4/10/2018
Why Your Teeth and Gums Need You to Get Plenty of Vitamin D
3/25/2018
Why You Want to Drink More Water When You Struggle with Dry Mouth
3/15/2018
Top 3 Myths About Dental Crowns
2/25/2018
Things to Eat to Avoid Dental Stains
2/15/2018
When Tooth Shaping is the Best Option for Your Teeth
1/25/2018
What Snacks Do the Most Harm to Your Teeth?
1/15/2018
Do You Need Enough Cheese? Your Teeth Really Like it When You Eat it
12/25/2017
Dental Implants Keep You Looking Younger, Here Is How
12/15/2017
What Can Happen if You Avoid Dental Care During Pregnancy?
11/27/2017
What Biting Your Fingernails Does to Your Teeth?
11/17/2017
Reasons Biting Down May Hurt to Do
10/27/2017
Protecting Your Teeth When You Are Sick and Vomiting
10/17/2017
Teaching the Elderly About How to Care for New Dentures
9/30/2017
The Benefits of Flossing Well if You Want to Lose Weight
9/20/2017

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