Cavities Can Be Contagious!

kissing- cavities The next time you are on a date, you might want to think twice before puckering up for that goodnight smooch.  At least not until you can get a full dental history on your new suitor.  With so many things to worry about to keep yourself healthy, is it even possible we need to think twice about that first passionate kiss in fear of catching a cavity?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Just like colds and flu’s, studies have shown that cavities and gum disease are contagious and can be transmitted through saliva. With that being said; if your partner has gum disease or untreated cavities, a passionate kiss can exchange those damaging bacteria from their mouth to yours.  Those same bacteria will then attack your teeth.

There is a Silver Lining. To reduce the risk, it is recommended that an emphasis on good oral hygiene be practiced.  Frequent flossing and brushing is necessary to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria.  Drinking lots of water and chewing sugar-free gum is also helpful as it promotes saliva and washes away plaque and bacteria.

As for your partner, a trip to the dentist is warranted to get their mouth healthy again.  It is also important to emphasis maintaining good oral hygiene practices. Make sure you convey to them that their neglected dental care can affect their overall health.  Your dental health is directly related to your overall health.  A healthy mouth can work in your favor to an overall healthy you.


J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD


J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

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