Did you know that many of the oral bacteria that lead to cavities and gum disease can be transmitted from one person to another? This transmission can occur vertically (from parent to child), or horizontally (a partner, family member, or group such as daycare).
What Can We Do?
Transmission can be a factor of levels of bacteria present, frequency of contact, as well as susceptibility. Therefore, the best thing we can do to prevent infecting our loved ones is to limit the bacteria present in our own mouths. This can be done through proper hygiene and treatment of dental infections.
Children are especially prone during development, as they have not yet built any natural immunity. Infants whose mothers have high levels of cavity-causing bacteria, a result of untreated dental infections, are at greater risk of acquiring the organisms earlier than children whose mothers have low levels. Limiting saliva-sharing activities may help decrease this risk, as well as parents reducing their own bacterial levels prior to birth.
At 8118 Dental Professionals, we take a comprehensive approach to treating your oral bacteria. In addition to traditional treatment of cavities and gum disease, we also offer bacterial and genetic testing of saliva.
At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and diagnosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.
For more information on prenatal care, and our laboratory testing, please contact us!