On April 13, we celebrated World Kissing Day, an opportunity to remember the longest kiss in history, which lasted no less than 58 hours. But did you know that kissing can also be a source of caries contagion? Indeed, this infectious disease can spread from one mouth to another, affecting several teeth in a short time.
Kisses, transmission vectors of caries
Yes, cavities can be transmitted through kissing. Contrary to what you might think, cavities are not only caused by poor dental hygiene or the consumption of sugary foods and soft drinks. They are also related to the bacterial plaque that accumulates in our mouth, especially between the teeth and molars.
Caries, as an infectious disease, can spread from one tooth to another and even from one mouth to another. Transmission is through saliva, which serves as a vehicle for decay-causing bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans. This bacteria plays a major role in the development of the disease.
The other sources of contagion of the caries
In addition to kissing, cavities can also be transmitted by sharing glasses or cutlery. Indeed, saliva left on these objects can contain bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans.
The transmission of tooth decay can also occur within a family, especially between parents and children. According to Óscar Castro Reino, president of the General Council of Colleges of Dentists in Spain, cavities are “the most common disease in the world,” and are often related to poor dental hygiene or genetic factors.
How can we prevent cavities and protect those around us?
It is essential to take care of our oral health to prevent the spread of cavities. Each person has their own bacterial flora and defense mechanisms, which makes some people more susceptible to the bacteria that cause cavities.
To prevent cavities and protect those around us, it is important to visit a dentist regularly and to know the characteristics of our oral health. In this way, we will avoid not only our own pain, but also that of others, which, unbeknownst to us, may begin with a wonderful kiss.