28th November 2019


Can tooth decay spread to the jaw?

An abscessed tooth represents a severe infection that is located in a part of your body that is uniquely located to spread its damage elsewhere. Infected gums can damage the jaw bone and cause teeth to fall out. The infection can spread to the brain through blood vessels and lead to a brain abscess.

Are cavities are contagious?

One of the reasons could be that cavities are actually “contagious”. It might surprise you that the bacterial cause of tooth decay can be passed along from person to person. Cavities, are caused by a bacteria known as mutans streptococcus. Some individuals tend to have more cavity causing bacteria than others.
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