Is Dental Decay Contagious?

Is Dental Decay Contagious?

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, despite also being preventable. Is dental decay a contagious disease?  Is it possible to catch it from someone else? In a previous post we discussed what causes dental cavities. To summarise, bacteria (germs) in our mouths convert sugar in food and drink that we consume

Are Baby Teeth Important?

Are Baby Teeth Important?

Are baby teeth Important? What if your child gets cavities in their baby teeth? Is it really necessary to get them treated if they are not having any toothache? Surely the baby teeth will fall out after a while anyway? Though you lose them early in life, your primary teeth, also called baby teeth or

Which foods cause tooth decay?

Which foods cause tooth decay?

Your child’s diet is one of the most important factors in developing dental decay and small changes can make a big difference. In the previous blog post we looked at how foods containing sugar combine with bacteria in plaque to produce acid. If the teeth are subjected to frequent or long periods of acid attack, decay becomes

What causes dental cavities?

What causes dental cavities?

When you consume any food or drink containing carbohydrate, or sugar, the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth metabolise it, producing an acid attack which lasts for at least 20 minutes. The acid dissolves the outer surface layer of the teeth (enamel). The acid attack will be much longer if the food remains stuck

Top Toothbrushing Tips

Top Toothbrushing Tips

Tooth brushing is an important healthy habit to establish early on. For babies, you can use a clean, moist cloth to wipe the gums and the teeth once they start to erupt. Change to a soft brush or finger brush once they have at least two teeth.   Parents should be in charge of brushing until