Tooth decay is a bacterial infection. Infants aren't born with the bacteria that cause decay. Most acquire these bacteria (strep mutans) from their mothers before their third birthday.
Common ways to transmit bacteria:
If you are pregnant and have cavities, you can reduce your child's risk of developing early tooth decay by improving your own oral health.
Gum disease is rampant. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth and if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. You need to have your gums “measured” at every dental hygiene visit to assess your periodontal status. Know your numbers!
Risk Factors Include:
The Oral-Systemic link means your mouth matters and gum disease has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and even Alzheimer's. You can’t have a healthy body without a healthy mouth. Ask your dental hygienist why professional cleanings and your oral healthcare at home are essential to disrupting biofilm toxins .
Your dental hygienist is a periodontal therapist. An oral prophylaxis should consist of supragingival and subgingival (above and below the gumline) removal of plaque, calculus, and stain. Make regular gum therapy appointments with your dental hygienist for total health