Past studies shows that one of the biggest culprits of cavity spread among babies is their caretaker. Researchers concluded that mothers with cavities can transmit cavity-producing oral bacteria to their babies. This happens when they clean the pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths, or by sharing spoons. Tooth decay can negatively impact a child’s quality of life, performance in school, and success in life.
According to study conducted in 2008, published in the Australian Dental Journal, tooth decay happens to be one of the most infectious oral diseases. Researchers saw 30 percent of three month olds, 60 percent of six month olds, and nearly 80 percent of two year olds were infected with Streptococcus mutans bacteria. This made them quite susceptible to developing cavities.
According to Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky, a dental hygienist at the Holistic Dental Center in Millburn, N.J., told Medical Daily. A person’s high cavity rate could be credited to several factors, such as “proper care at home or lack thereof, contact with others that have a high bacterial count and the individual has a suppressed immune system, improper diet introducing a multitude of carbohydrates and sugars which will feed the strep mutans.”