Since we know that cavities are bacterial infections, it would stand to reason that they are contagious, right? The germs which cause tooth decay actually are spread from person to person. You aren’t born with them. About 1% of the population is immune to these bacteria – Streptococcus mutans – but the rest of us are sitting ducks. As an example, if you’re a parent who has ever shared a spoon or glass with your toddler, you could have just given them potential cavities without even realizing it. Farmington Hills family dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari wonders if this knowledge could change some parenting habits and lower tooth decay rates in the future.
Start your Child’s Preventive Dental Patterns Early
Liliana Rozo, D.D.S. is assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. Dr. Rozo notes that cavities have a detrimental impact on a young person’s school performance, ability to focus, and general quality of life. Toothaches from severe untreated cavities are a known cause of an over-abundance of missed school days in children. Not only is discomfort an issue, but embarrassment over visually damaged/discolored teeth and obvious metal fillings affect children in a major way. To combat grim statistics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that moms and dads secure a dentist for their little ones as soon as their first tooth erupts.
Why So Early?
Regular preventive dental visits help your child and you develop an early familiarity with dental self-care practices as well as biannual checkups. Exposing a child to the sights and sounds of a dental office at a young age elicits healthy feelings about the whole process. Developmental issues in emerging teeth and jaws are also a part of early dental care for your child. Nutritional advice will keep your child as cavity-proof as possible. You might thing you are doing all the right things. However, organic cracker debris sitting on your child’s teeth is just as detrimental as sugar. This is one example of the ways that dental knowledge can help you make great informed decisions for your child’s health.
Visit your Farmington Hills Family Dentist
If you would like to consult with your Dr. Askari, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434 for a consultation. We are happy to serve patients of all ages, from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.