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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 43 reviews

Aly C.

This dental practice is a gem! The front desk staff are kind, efficient and welcoming. I was pleasantly surprised at the clinical staff’s fantastic bedside manner. Everything was explained in advance and this was very appreciated. My teeth have never felt better! Love, love, love the hygienist that worked with me. She is a rockstar. Thank you to the whole gang!

Caitlin G.

I've been going to Crabapple dental for many years and I can honestly say Dr. Roberts and her team are by far the best. It's hard to find a good dentist that takes the time to get to know you and truly cares about your health. I knew Dr. Roberts was special when she filled a few cavities for me, then called me later that night to make sure I was ok. I feel at home when I'm there and they always treat me so well. Kelly is so wonderful! She takes her time and makes going to the dentist an easy task. I never stress about going because I know she'll take care of me. She is so pleasant and efficient; truly the best experience and I leave feeling great. Both Kelly and Dr. Roberts are so gentle and that is the most important thing to me. Dr. Roberts has the most updated equipment and beautiful office to give the best experience. I travel from downtown to see them because they are the best! Don't hesitate to make an appointment; you won't be disappointed!!

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!!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123