18 November 2010

People think the cause of cavities is because eating candy, sugar or any sweet foods and beverages. But researchers found people who have cavities could pass on to others. How come?

Bacteria that cause cavities and tooth decay is Streptococcus mutans. This bacteria can spread bacteria like colds or flu that spreads from one person to another.

How do I pass it?

Of course, through contacts with people who have cavities. Researchers reveal if someone kissing with people who have cavities become infected due to Strep mutans, the bacteria will move and cause cavities on the person.

This also could happen to a parent with a child if he is sharing a spoon. According to the researchers to share tools such as toiletries or eating together, and perform other activities that together can move particles of saliva from one mouth to another mouth.

Cavities was originally derived from a hollow tooth. Hollow teeth is damage to the teeth that grew into the hole.

This condition can be caused by a combination of several factors such as not cleaning your teeth well, frequent snacking, the presence of plaque on teeth and tooth decay terjad continuously.

"Dental cavities or hollow is one disease that can be contagious, however you can actually prevent it," said Gigi Meinecke, DDS, spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry.

Brushing your teeth in the morning and just before sleep is not enough to clean the teeth. Because someone still have to brush your teeth after every meal to clean the bacteria in the mouth who also ate.

"When the bacteria eat the leftovers in the teeth to produce acids, and later this acid that causes tooth hollow. If you do not clean teeth between meals, then the teeth will be in the acidic environment of acid throughout the day and this will undermine the teeth," Meinecke said.

Problems cavities generally occur in children, but actually anyone can have, including infants, adults or the elderly.

If cavities are not handled properly, it will trigger a more severe decay that can lead to tooth pain, infection, tooth loss or other complication.


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