Yes, definitely.

A three second kiss has been shown to transmit about 40 million saliva bacteria. It’s important to get your spouse or anyone you kiss treated to avoid reinfecting yourself after treatment. Periodontal and caries bacteria can also be transmitted to your children starting when they are young. You can also get periodontal disease bacteria from your dog or cat since they have a high rate of periodontal infection. Ideally start brushing your pet’s teeth when they are very young to get them used to it.

If you have no pockets and practice good home care, there are few areas for the bacteria to colonize and you can minimize transmission from others.

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