Not exactly. However, the bacteria from one tooth can spread from one tooth to another, eventually leading to one tooth cavity affecting another tooth.
How can a cavity on one tooth affect another tooth?
The most common bacteria that cause dental caries are Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus. If a tooth becomes carious due to the presence of this bacteria, it can also spread to the nearby area. This can cause decay if the conditions for bacterial growth are present.
Does tooth decay spread from one tooth to another?
Not exactly. If a person develops a cavity, it cannot spread to the surrounding teeth. However, the conditions that caused the cavity in the first place will only lead to more cavities if the person doesn’t maintain proper oral hygiene. Secondly, if the cavities extend and cause an infection, then that infection can spread from one tooth to another. For example, in the cases of a tooth abscess, it can involve other teeth as well.
When a person does not seek medical attention for cavity, it spreads more. This makes the tooth worse by damaging it. It can lead to an abscess, a pocket of pus caused by a bacterial infection. This can spread to the roots of the teeth and eventually to the jaw and involve other teeth. If it is not treated at this stage, the infection can even lead to tooth loss. At a later stage, it can also cause systemic diseases, and you will need immediate medical attention to prevent serious complications.
How to prevent dental caries?
It is crucial to address cavities as quickly as possible as they can develop into tooth decay and permanently damage your tooth without proper treatment.
The ideal way to stop the spread of dental caries and prevent further cavities is to take preventative action beforehand. One must brush and floss regularly, consume a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and visit the dentist at regular intervals (ideally 6 months).
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