There are millions of bacteria in our mouth, the bad and the good ones. There is a natural mixture of both good and bad bacteria in the mouth, the bad ones are mostly responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. . Too much accumulation of bad bacteria in your mouth especially under the gingival area (the gums holding your teeth) can cause inflammation and gingivitis.
An increase in the level of bad bacteria over the level of good bacteria in your can lead to dental problems. A kiss can exchange millions of bacteria, both the bad and good ones. This might sound funny but it is really true, getting a kiss from a person that has oral infection can introduce bad bacteria to your mouth. If your oral health during that time is not strong enough, you may have dental problems.
There has been a great dispute among health professionals, is gingivitis contagious? This question brought lots of mixed reactions, some doctors think that gingivitis is contagious, but some others said otherwise. Although, a person that has gingivitis, experience rapid multiplication of the bacteria responsible for gingivitis in his or her saliva. But the real question is whether it can be contracted through kissing. I will answer every bit of this question gradually, as I explain more about this oral problem.
Is gingivitis contagious?
Unlike cancer sores or flu gum disease doesn’t occur the same way, it’s not only contracted by the transmission of bad bacteria. it’s much more than that, how you take care of your oral health can result to gingivitis. Poor oral hygiene, no dental flossing, smoking, certain medications and taking lots of sugary foods can all cause gingivitis.
However, so many studies have been carried out on gingivitis. It is believed that gingivitis can be transferred from parents to children and also between individuals that share the same stuffs like utensils and drinking cups. A recent study on gingivitis published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, concluded that gingivitis is contagious. Although, some other studies claimed that the report from the gingivitis study published on the American Dental Association is false.
They stated that the occurrence of gingivitis largely depends on a person’s body defence mechanism. They also claimed that you can only get gingivitis depending on how exposed you are to gingivitis- causing bacteria. After some personal study that I carried out on some of these research reports, here is what I have to say about this situation.
Gingivitis is as a result of increased concentration of bad bacteria that causes gingivitis. Poor oral hygiene habits are the most common cause of increase in the level of these bad bacteria. Kissing someone who has gum disease can actually transfer these bad bacteria to your mouth. So, I will go with the report from the American Dental Association, gingivitis is contagious.
When an infected person shares oral oral fluids through drinking glass, utensils, kissing, coughing or sneezing to a healthy person. The bacteria gets transferred from the infected to the healthy person, mostly through saliva.
Can you get gingivitis through kissing?
I have already answered this question but I want to explain more on this. Normally our body defence mechanism, the immune system gets rid of bad bacteria that causes gingivitis. Low body defence mechanism, poor oral hygiene and frequent exposure to infected saliva can lead to gingivitis.
Gum disease can be easily passed from parents to their children and between romantic partners. A quick sip from a drink or an intimate kiss from an infected person, can transmit the bacteria that cause gum disease. Children can easily contract gingivitis from their parents or an infected person, because of their still developing immune system.
This is why you should not allow your children to share their personal utensils, drinking glasses, or saliva in any way with other adults. As an adult or parent, you should not kiss or use your child’s personal drinking glass or utensils if you have gum disease. Just as I have explained earlier, their immune systems are still developing, introducing gingivitis-causing bacteria into your child’s mouth can make them to have gingivitis too.
However, strong immune system, good oral hygiene, regular dental check-up and cleaning can help to prevent the occurrence of the disease.
How to know if you have gingivitis?
You might start to notice signs of gingivitis a week or two after the incubation period. Although, the symptoms can vary among different individuals. Inflammation and red coloration of the gums instead of its normal pink color is among the early signs of gingivitis. Your gums may also start to bleed easily when you brush your teeth. Bad breath, swollen gums and receding gums are also signs of gingivitis.
The bacteria that causes gingivitis are contagious, your body defence mechanism plays a significant role in fighting off these bacteria. People with weak immune system would not be able to resist the disease occurrence. Children, pregnant women and smokers are more likely to contract or develop gingivitis.
When gingivitis is untreated, it progresses leading to the death of the gum issues and bones surrounding the teeth. Gingivitis is contagious, but it doesn’t mean that you will contract it immediately if you kissed an infected person. It all depends on your health condition at that particular point in time, poor immunity can make you susceptible to infections.
If you notice that the person you have been kissing or sharing food with has gingivitis. Proper cleaning of your mouth after kissing or sharing food with the infected person can reduce your chances of being infected.