You just finished your diligent nightly routine of brushing and flossing your teeth, but your partner – who slacks on regular tooth care – hops into bed and tries to plant a big, fat kiss on you. Can kissing cause cavities?

A TikTok with 1.2 million views posted by user @tasneemmahmoodd sparked that question. The video reads: “Thinking about the kiss I gave my husband even though he has cavities… & that’s on cavities being contagious.”

So can locking lips lead to dental issues like cavities? Experts say it’s possible, but there are prevention methods to keep you from worrying too much. 

“There is some truth to that,” says Dr. Jeffrey Sulitzer, dentist and chief clinical officer with SmileDirectClub. “What we have found over recent studies is that cavities or dental decay is actually a communicable disease, meaning it can be passed on from one person to another with close contact.”

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