Sweets are often blamed for kids getting cavities, but the real culprits are actually bacteria — Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus.
“Particularly, the easiest way to catch a cavity is when a mother is feeding a child,” Dr. Irwin Smigel, creator of Supersmile, told AOL Health. The mother will taste the food to check the temperature and then continue feeding the child. “Immediately, that’s how kids get cavities,” he says.”
“Kissing between couples can also cause the spread of harmful bacteria. Smigel has seen many patients, particularly women, who have clean, healthy mouths, discover a cavity or two after entering into a relationship with a man who has cavities, gum disease or hasn’t been to the dentist in several years.”
What? Kissing spreads cavities? Sharing food with your kids spreads cavities? I understand that it’s the bacteria eating away at the tooth but it just really goes against all that you are told – don’t eat sweets, brush, floss. (But you’re brushing away the bacteria is the point.)
The Time story continued:
“Infants and children are especially vulnerable to the bacteria. A 2007 study conducted at the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry in Australia found that cavity-causing bacteria was found in the mouths of 30% of 3-month-old babies and more than 80% of 24-month-olds with primary teeth.”
I think that heredity and the shape and texture of your teeth also affect whether or not you get cavities. For 10 years the Giarrusso children have not had any cavities.
At Lilina’s first dental appointment last year, they told me her back tooth looked very susceptible to a cavity and to work really hard a cleaning it. Well we’ve tried our best and at this year’s check up she has a cavity. I think the back tooth had a lot of grooves in it that made it harder to get clean and more susceptible. We are bummed out about the cavity. I think the other kids take after Michael’s side and their teeth are less susceptible based on shape and texture. (The hygienist said Lilina was doing a much better job brushing than Walsh was but Walsh didn’t have a cavity.)
Are you buying that cavities are contagious? Does that make you want to not share food or kiss? Do you think heredity has something to do with it as well? How long did your kids go without cavities?