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Cavities Really Are Contagious-- September 27, 2011

It may sound outrageous, but yes, cavities can be contagious.  Just like you can catch a cold from an infected person, you can catch and spread cavities too.

A study recently cited in The New York Times says children are particularly vulnerable to the cavity-causing bacteria when parents kiss them or when they taste their food to make sure it's not too hot.  And when couples kiss, they can share bacteria that causes cavities.

One 40-year-old woman in the study who never had a cavity suddenly got two of them after she began dating a man who had periodontal disease and hadn’t been to a dentist in 18 years.

To protect yourself, make sure to floss and brush at least twice a day.  And have your partner do the same!

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