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

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

Sealants

By age 19, tooth decay affects nearly 70 percent of all children. Left untreated, tooth decay, also known as cavities, may result in pain and infection. One highly effective option to help prevent cavities is dental sealants – a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surface of teeth. Dental sealants have been proven a

Early Childhood Caries

Is Your Child at Risk for Early Childhood Tooth Decay? The average healthy adult visits the dentist twice a year. The average healthy 2-year-old has never been to the dentist. By kindergarten, 75 percent of children have never seen a dentist, yet dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. The culprit? A