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Is tooth decay contagious?

April 23, 2020
Posted By: William McGeachie
Baby | Dental Care for Children Coffs Harbour

Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world and ironically one of the most preventable. A question that is frequently asked in the dental clinic is ‘Is tooth decay contagious?’

Tooth decay gradually breaks down and damages tooth structure varying in speed and severity from person to person. The bacteria which causes this destruction can be passed easily between individuals through kissing and the sharing of utensils or drink bottles. Parents with young children often test the taste or temperature of their child’s food using the same utensil. This can be a direct way of passing the bacteria from one to the other increasing the chances of the child developing cavities in their teeth.

So, the answer to this question is Yes! Tooth decay is contagious, and it is extremely important to minimise the use of the old saying ‘sharing is caring’ especially in today’s climate.

Treating Tooth Decay in Coffs Harbour

If you believe you are experiencing tooth decay, you can contact Arthur Street Dental to book an appointment for treatment. 

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