Gum disease results when harmful mouth bacteria cause inflammation in the gum tissues. This inflammation is characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums. You may also experience bad breath and toothache because of this inflammation. With early detection, gum disease is curable, preventing its spread to others. While it is not possible to spread the disease, you can spread gum disease bacteria present in your mouth and saliva through kissing, sharing utensils, and oral equipment.
Gum disease can spread through saliva during prolonged exposure. If your partner has gum disease, you can contract the disease through contact with their saliva during kissing. If a mother has gum disease, they can spread these bacteria to their child if they kiss them on the mouth. These bacteria will then cause gum disease and other complications on the child, given their low immunity.
Sharing Utensils and Oral Equipment
Sharing eating utensils such as spoons, and cups can quickly spread gum disease bacteria. If a person with gum disease uses a utensil, their saliva will remain on the utensil together with bacteria. These bacteria will then find their way into someone else’s mouth if they use these utensils without sterilizing them. Sharing toothbrushes will also spread these bacteria. Also, given that families store their toothbrushes together and use toothpaste from the same tube, bacteria can easily spread and cause gum disease.
Given that gum disease can spread quickly, you should exercise care, especially if your family member contracts the disease. Routine brushing and flossing will help prevent this disease, given that bacteria will flourish in a dirty mouth. Finally, you should schedule regular dental exams with us during which we will be able to diagnose and treat gum disease early before you spread it to other members of your household. For more details on gum disease, contact our office today.