WATCH: This dentist says that cavities are contagious, is it true?

WATCH: This dentist says that cavities are contagious, is it true?

Guess your parents weren't lying when they said it's important to brush twice a day

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A dentist, Tasneem Mahmood from Texas, USA, is quite active on TikTok

She shares some great tips and information regarding dentistry and oral hygiene, which is something that many medical professionals use social media for. 

A source of sharing information to educate the masses. 

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, however it being reported as contagious is somewhat disturbing. 

"Tooth decay, also known as cavities or caries, is the breakdown of teeth due to acids produced by bacteria. The cavities may be a number of different colors from yellow to black. Symptoms may include pain and difficulty with eating." (Wikipedia)

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Many people were shocked by this new information.  Tasneem Mahmood didn't provide much detail as to how this is actually possible. 

We decided to do our own research, and guess what? We're not the only ones who seem to have searched for more information. Here's an explanation as to how it is contagious. 

"The way that a person can “catch” a cavity is through the spreading of bacteria. The bacteria behind the formation of cavities is called streptococcus mutans. 

This bacteria, just like any other kind, can be spread from one person to another. The most common ways to spread or catch a cavity is by sharing eating utensils, drinks, food, and kissing." (PromiseChC)

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