Kids Teeth and Contagious Cavities


BrushyIt’s true! Cavities are contagious and you can unintentionally infect your children's teeth with the bacteria culprit.  A common misunderstanding is that cavities are simply caused when sugar is directly exposed to teeth. The truth, unfortunately, is just like a case of strep throat and it is very easy to pass cavity causing bacteria on to our children.  In fact, three strains of bacteria are responsible for human tooth decay; Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus, and Lactobacilli. Once the bacteria take up residence in a mouth they metabolize the simple sugars from chewed food. Their metabolic waste product is lactic acid, and that is what eats away at tooth enamel eventually causing cavities.You can lower the potential for passing along cavity producing bacteria to your child by not sharing your toothbrushes and eating utensils.Brushing your teeth at twice per day helps to fight the bacteria in a few ways:
1 Removes the plaque where bacteria thrive
2 Removes the presence of sugar on our teeth so it cannot feed the bacteria
3 Using fluoridated toothpaste supports the rebuilding of the acid eroded enamel
4 Studies also show that fluoride may have direct anti-bacterial properties that kill bacteria

P.S. Brushing with BrushyBall helps too ;)

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