Few parents realize they can give their infants cavities.
Pediatric Dentistry studies show that parents can transfer cavity-causing bacteria to babies from birth until when their first tooth erupts. The villain seems to be Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that can pass through the transfer of saliva, such as sharing utensils, blowing on food, and kissing on the mouth.
The active tooth decay which is transferred from the parent or caregiver to the baby will not impact only the future baby teeth. If the bacteria are allowed to thrive, they may colonize for years and attack the permanent teeth when they come in.
Protect your baby's mouth
- Moms should be chewing Xylitol in the third trimester so when the baby’s born, the chance of transmission of decay-causing bacteria will be reduced.
- Expecting moms should also have their teeth cleaned thoroughly during the second and third trimester.
- Don't share eating utensils or toothbrushs.
- Do not blow on baby’s food or pre-chew baby’s food.
- Please do not clean the pacifier with your own mouth.
- Parents should maintain good oral health, floss and get two dental checkups per year.
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