Cavity Causing Kisses

Having a child means adorning them with kisses on a daily basis. However, recent studies have shown that kissing your children on the mouth can result in the transferal of cavity-causing bacteria.

Although some parents shy away from kissing their children on the lips, for a lot of parents – it is completely acceptable and natural to do so. This is all a personal choice, and it would be an indifferent topic if it wasn’t for the concern of the transfer of saliva that also happens.

In addition to kissing on the mouth, it should also be noted that the shared use of utensils or food and drinks, can also cause concern for this very same reason.

Cavity-causing bacteria from mom and dad to baby, has actually be a recorded study for over 30 years, but as more and more children are able to receive proper dental care – the evidence of this study is now showing up at dental offices around the world.

The primary culprit is Streptococcus mutants, a bacteria that can pass from person to person through the transfer of saliva. According to a 2008 study in Paediatric Dentistry, “strong evidence demonstrated that mothers are a primary source of MS [mutants streptococci] colonization of their children; a few investigations showed other potential sources … notably fathers.”.

Granted, this is not all a kissing concern – as mentioned above, but the main concern overall is the transfer of this bacterial infection that is spread from adult to child when sharing in the aforementioned things. Especially during your child’s stage of teeth eruption. This is when the teeth are most susceptible to becoming infected and generating cavities.

Just as a cold or flu can be transferred, so too can oral cavity infections.

Apart from the transfer of infected saliva, multiple factors contribute to tooth decay – including genetics, oral hygiene, and feeding regimens. As we’ve written about in previous posts …allowing your baby or toddler to constantly suck on a bottle or sip on a cup full of juice or milk, heightens their risk of tooth decay significantly.

Tooth decay doesn’t stop at a child’s baby teeth either, it can also “leak” down into adult teeth as well.  Thriving bacteria will live-out the baby teeth, and set up shop in adult teeth as they erupt also, making it imperative to have your child’s teeth checked regularly.

DentistsRUs is here to provide you with a large spectrum of the best dental professionals in the Lower Mainland. Our Locations Tab can point you in the right direction to your nearest dentist, and ensure your child’s teeth maintain their optimal health from toddler straight through to teen!

Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | 604.568.2211

Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | 604.514.6499

Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | 604.942.5222

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