Weâ€™ve known for decades that dental disease (cavities, gum problems) is contagious. Cavities and gum problems are caused by bacteria that are transmitted from person to person. When children are born theyâ€™re sterile â€“ no bacteria, but right away they pick up bacteria for their skin, mouth, intestines.
In a recent article in Pediatric Dentistry (Volume 32, Number 3, May / June 2010 , pp. 205-211(7), published by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) researchers concluded that â€œmothers are an important source of infection