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While it is common to associate the term contagious with a viral illness like the cold or flu, there is a very common dental health condition that can spread from person to person too. Did you know that tooth decay is contagious? To be more specific, the bacteria that causes tooth decay is contagious and can be passed between two people like a bad cold. In fact, it happens all the time!

How You Can “Catch” Cavities

To understand how you could give your friend or family member tooth day, let’s take a closer look at how cavities form. Contrary to popular belief, sugar is not the only culprit to tooth decay. Cavities are caused by certain types of bacteria that feed on the sugars in your mouth. During this process, acidic byproducts are produced, which eat away at the hard enamel of the teeth and result in cavities (or tiny holes).

The bacteria that cause cavities are referred to as S. Mutans. People are not born with this type of bacteria. Rather, studies show that most kids “catch” this bacteria from their parents or caregivers. By age 2, nearly 80% of children have a detectable level of decay-causing bacteria. By simply sharing an eating utensil or quickly cleaning a pacifier inside your mouth, you may be transmitting the bacteria that causes cavities.

Preventing the Spread of Decay-Causing Bacteria

While limiting the sharing of food with your child is the first line of defense, it is also important to practice good oral hygiene yourself. Ridding your own mouth of harmful bacteria can prevent the spread of cavities to your child as well as other adults – especially if your toothbrush snuggles with your spouse’s toothbrush all day long. Do yourself and the people you care about a favor and make your oral health a priority. Brush and floss daily and don’t skip out on your routine dental visits. Contact Crabapple Dental today for a comfortable and rewarding experience in dental care!

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 39 reviews

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123