Colds, the flu and chicken pox are all ailments that can be passed from one person to another. Is it possible that cavities could be grouped into the same category as these contagious conditions? According to Dr. Liliana Rozo of the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, the answer is yes. In a university press release about National Children's Dental Health Month, Dr. Rozo noted that certain parental behaviors could have a negative effect on the oral health of their children. 

For example, Rozo said, mothers and fathers can pass cavity-producing bacteria to their small children by sharing spoons or cleaning a pacifier by sticking it in their own mouths. Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent chronic childhood diseases. The condition can have a major impact on a child's quality of life and make it difficult for them to eat or chew their food properly. 

In order to keep children's teeth and gums healthy, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that parents make an appointment with a general dentist as soon as a child's first tooth begins to emerge. Kids will also need to visit an orthodontist for a consultation before they reach the age of seven. Straight teeth are much easier to clean than crooked ones, so it's imperative that orthodontic treatment begin as soon as possible, if necessary. 

Parents, of course, aren't off the hook for orthodontic treatment. It's never too late to improve your smile. If you're interested in learning more about braces for adults or kids, contact an orthodontist in New York City today!

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