Westchester Dentist Comments on Study Suggesting Cavities Are Contagious

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Dr. Bradley Matthew of South Bay Smiles reminds patients about the importance of dental exams in preventing tooth decay in response to recent cavity study.

Los Angeles Dentist

Dr. Bradley Matthew

The best way to avoid cavities is by brushing and flossing often, and by having a dental check-up every six months.

Westchester cosmetic dentist Bradley Matthew, DDS, FICOI, recently commented on a study which suggests that the bacteria which causes cavities, one of the most common issues that plagues the teeth, can in fact be transferred between individuals, most commonly between mother and child.

Cavities are some of the most common dental issues faced by both adults and children, and are caused by bacteria within the mouth. Similar to how a cold or flu virus can be passed from one person to the next, so too can these tooth-decaying bacteria.

“Cavities are a common part of pediatric dentistry,” say Dr. Matthew. “In some cases, the bacteria that causes tooth decay can be transferred from mother to child, such as when a mother tastes her child’s food to make sure it’s not too hot.”

Dr. Matthew recommends that people of all ages practice good oral health care, which includes frequent brushing and flossing, to avoid cavities and tooth decay. Chewing sugar free gum can also help remove excess food in the mouth and promote saliva.

“The best way to avoid cavities is by brushing and flossing often, and by having a dental check-up every six months,” says Dr. Matthew. “These check-ups are incredibly useful in preventing cavities as well as other tooth issues, especially for children. It’s never too early to begin practicing good oral hygiene!”

Dedicated to providing high-level comfort and care, Dr. Bradley Matthew is a cosmetic dentist in Westchester who specializes in cosmetic, general, and pediatric dentistry procedures. Dr. Matthew attended dental school at New York University College of Dentistry, where he received his DDS. After graduating, Dr. Matthew completed his General Practice Residency at Peninsula Hospital Center in New York. Currently, Dr. Matthew is a member of the ADA, the CDA, and ICOI, the West Los Angeles Dental Society, and the Seattle Study Club. He has his own practice, South Bay Smiles, located in Los Angeles.

For more information, please visit http://www.southbaysmiles.com/ or call 310.670.0659 today!

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