Dr. Marks reports that research shows that both dental cavities and the Plague, (which has wiped out whole civilizations), are both contagious and spread from person to person. Does this mean that you can “catch” cavities? --> CONTINUE
Readers of this blog know that the main cause of cavities is the use of sugars and candies, and other foods, which stick to the teeth, upon which bacteria (streptococcus mutans) feast upon, then poop, and the acidic byproducts then dissolves our tooth enamel. We are familiar with how disease germs are transmitted between people, and thus cavity germs are also transmitted. It is common for infant babies and children to pick up their mother’s germs after she taste tests their food, but did you know, couples can also have this transmission.
There are cases where an adult who is cavity free, meets a social partner who has cavities, and then develops cavities. It is documented that military members who had no cavities, develop cavities after sharing utensils.
What can be done, so that we don’t go the way of those who confronted the plague? The 1st answer is what you would expect a dentist to advise. The 2nd answer may receive some resistance.
- Dr. Marks advises eating fewer sweets, brushing and flossing at least twice a day, and chewing sugarless gum, which causes increased saliva flow to wash away the acids and bacteria, and visiting your dentist at least twice a year.
- Instead of saying goodnight to your “sweetie” in the usual way, perhaps a romantic handshake may be healthier for your teeth and further prevent you from getting the plague and other diseases.