Tooth decay is particularly prevalent in children in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that cavities are the most common chronic disease in children between the ages of 6 and 19. Recently, the Napa Valley Register spoke to Steven Aylard, D.D.S., specialist in pediatric dentistry who wanted to remind parents of the fact that cavities can be contagious.
The dentist stated that the bacteria that causes tooth decay can be passed from one person to another through the sharing of utensils, toothbrushes, food and even kissing.
"Parents and caregivers therefore need to pay close attention to their own mouths and get their dental problems taken care of, too, so that the amount of these cavity-causing bacteria are held to a manageable level. This problem pertains to gum disease issues as well," said Aylard, quoted by the news source.
This is yet another reason why it's important for parents and children alike to brush and floss regularly and visit the dentist at least twice a year to promote oral health.
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