While most people’s knee-jerk response to this question would be “no, cavities are not contagious,” it may surprise to learn that they actually kind of are. Many parents are shocked to learn that, despite their child’s perfect oral hygiene habits, they have a dental cavity. This is because even the best dental care can still fail if your child is sharing the bacteria that can cause tooth decay and dental cavities.
Dental cavities are caused by a bacteria called mutans streptococcus. As this bacteria feeds on the leftover sugar left on the teeth, they create acid that eats away at and weakens the tooth enamel. If these bacteria build up, they form plaque, which will damage your tooth enamel even more.
Some people just have a higher number of mutans streptococcus bacteria in their mouths. In fact, around 80% of childhood dental cavities are found in only 25% of children.
Here at SpringRock Dental, we want to help your family prevent dental cavities and tooth decay. For more information, or to make an appointment for the whole family, please contact SpringRock Dental located here in Aurora, Colorado.