Transfer of Oral Microbes From Children To Children

Microbes don’t just get passed on within the family from mother to children. A recent study at the University Of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Biology and School of Dentistry found that children may acquire microbes from other unrelated children as well.

Despite the fact that data has shown that one particular strain of the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, which is  known to cause tooth decay, is only transferred from mother to children, this microbe was found in 72 percent of children whose family members living with them were unaffected. This high percentage shows that children can contract microbes from other children at schools and nurseries as well as opposed to just from their family members.

Stephanie Momeni, author of the study, claims that interactions involving saliva such as sharing a drinking cup or ice cream cone can lead to the transfer of microbes. Therefore, make sure your kids have their own set of containers and cups before heading to school or daycare!

Feel free to contact Drs. Ali & Ali and their newest addition to the team, Dr. Zarah Ali, if you have any thoughts or concerns. The caring team at Wellesley Dental Group will be happy to answer your questions! Contact us today at 781-237-9071 or to set up an appointment and consultation.

Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. VanDr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other periodontal or oral surgery needs, Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.


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