The article, written by Amie Ninh, observed that “a lot can be communicated with a kiss – including the oral bacteria Streptococcus sobrinus, that lives on the teeth and gums and causes tooth decay.”
So says Dr. Irwin Smigel, a wellknown dentists in the USA: “The surest way of becoming infected by caries bacteria is when a mother feeds her baby. The mother tests the food to check the temperature before she serves. Immediately, the child has become infected. ”
The dangerous kiss
Kissing can of course also give rise to spread of oral bacteria. Dr. Smigel has seen many patients in his dental practice, especially women, who have maintained and cleaned their mouths, but they got holes in their teeth a few months ago when they started a new relationship with a man with caries or periodontal disease – a man who has not been to a dentist in years.
Best protection – you’ve heard it before!
Dr. Irwin Smigels advice to protect teeth against bacterial attack is effective, if not original: “Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride-enriched toothpaste. Especially important is brushing in the evening – at night the production of saliva is reduced, allowing the bacteria to attack more easily.”
The social legacy
Everything can not be blamed on oral bacteria. The genes also play a role. We ”inherit” bad teeth as a consequence of the dangerous bacteria causing decay being transferred within the family. Even more serious is the fact that we also inherit poor eating habits from parents and older siblings, such as frequent snacking on sweets.
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