Like many other diseases, oral diseases are transmitted from person to person through saliva, the means through which bacteria travel. Usually the disease is spread by kissing your partner in the mouth, but it is also very common for parents infecting the children. Microbes that a father or mother has in her mouth can transfer to their children when they are kissing on the mouth, to clean the pacifier or bottle nipples with saliva itself, when it is covered and even by blowing the child’s meal to cool.
Caries and gum diseases such as periodontitis, are two examples of infectious oral disease. Transmission from parents to children is the most common decay, caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus mutans. Many parents mistakenly think that cavities in baby teeth are resolved when the permanent teeth come out, but this is not so. A child with cavities in baby teeth is at greater risk of suffering in permanent teeth because the focus of infection spreads beyond the tooth. Even if because of the decay, the child loses a tooth, this fact will lead to the permanent tooth which can come out crooked and, therefore, the child may need braces to correct it.
It is also important to note that dental caries such as infectious disease does not discriminate age, sex, race, etc. It is estimated that between 90% and 95% of adults have or have had dental caries. The percentage of tooth decay among children is also alarming, about 80% of children at 6 years of age already have caries.
Couples with Periodontitis
Scientific studies have shown that couples with periodontitis with a minimum of coexistence of 10 years tend to have worse periodontal health than couples with healthy gums. Because couples share habits, it is common that if you do not have good oral hygiene, the fact that bacteria are shared for a long time, could allow more periodontopathogenic bacteria which could settle in the mouth of the other partner and may not affect at first.
In addition, periodontitis is associated with an increased risk of onset and/or worsening of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attack or stroke and diabetes, so it is advisable to go to the periodontist to prevent such occurrence, development and possible contagion. After the treatment phase, continue with the maintenance phase, a fundamental step that should never be skipped because it is the only way to get control of periodontitis in long run.