In November 2008 the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) officially declared tooth decay an infectious disease. The report showed that all children are at risk for tooth decay, and urged parents, the government, and the community to work together on prevention. Children are particularly vulnerable and suffer from this disease at an alarming rate. Tooth decay can be transmitted by licking a pacifier, sharing a spoon, or kissing. The ODA really believes that an ounce of prevention is a pound of cure. Dental caries is a serious disease but is preventable in almost all cases. The following tips were compiled by the ODA for parents.