Our team at Morrow Lai and Edwards Pediatric Dentistry recently read an interesting article pertaining to cavities and how bacteria spreads, and thought we’d share the news with you, our valued patients (and parents).

According to the MSNBC article, Streptococcus mutans, or MS, is a bacterium that can pass from person to person through the transfer of saliva, and is the main culprit of parent-to-child cavity transmissions. Bacteria has been known to spread through blowing on babies’ foods, sharing household utensils and even kissing your little one. In fact, a 2008 pediatric dentistry study showed “strong evidence demonstrated that mothers are a primary source of MS colonization of their children; a few investigations showed other potential sources … notably fathers.”

Our staff also knows tooth decay is caused by a combination of factors, including the transfer of infectious saliva, oral hygiene, genetics and feeding practices, such as letting your baby constantly suck on sippy cups full of juice or milk or other sugar-laden liquids.

Lastly, Drs. Morrow, Lai and Edwards would like for you to read the rest of the article we provided and learn about the transmission of bacteria and how it might impact your child. If you have any questions about bacteria or your treatment at Morrow Lai and Edwards Pediatric Dentistry, please feel free to give us a call at (918) 742-9810.