After the COVID-19 pandemic, we learned how easily many viruses or bacteria can spread among people. During the hardest months we kept physically away from most people, and unnecessary contact such as giving two kisses .
Today, fortunately, we are returning to normal, but today we ask ourselves: If there are many bacteria that can be spread through kisses, can we spread cavities when we kiss our partner?
With kisses we can transmit good and bad bacteria.
The first thing we have to clarify is that cavities are not an infectious disease unlike COVID-19, for example. What happens is that if we kiss another person and share fluids, it is possible to transmit the caryogenic bacteria. However, this does not have to be translated into causing a cavity. We explain it.
If someone transmits caryogenic bacteria to us but they don’t “grip” in our mouths, we won’t have any problem. In other words, everything will depend on the health of our own mouth. As a defense, we also have our own immune system, saliva, which tries to prevent bacteria from getting in the mouth. There are other factors that can influence such as age, genetics, etc.
The good news is that a kiss can not only transmit bad bacteria, but also good ones, such as Streptococcus dentisani, which has been shown to have a protective effect on our oral health. Good bacteria not only help us prevent cavities, they also perform many other functions such as helping with digestion or keeping the immune system alert.
Now that we know this curiosity about kisses and decay tooth the recommendation we give you from Clínica Bajo is to bet on prevention. Doing a review at least once a year will help us detect any.