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Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Preventing Caries Starts At Birth

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), caries or tooth decay is the single most common disease of children in the United States. It is caused by bacteria that act on foods in the mouth. When bacteria and food combine, it results in the formation of acid which can slowly dissolve the enamel surface of a tooth. If this occurs, a filling may be required. If left untreated, the tooth can further decay and may need to be removed.

Parents know that it is important for their children to brush and floss in order to maintain good oral health and prevent caries. But did you know that the germs which cause caries are passed from adult to child? Born without the bacteria that cause caries, babies get it from spit that is passed from a parent’s mouth to their own. Parents pass on these germs by sharing saliva – for example, in testing food before feeding it to babies or in cleaning off a pacifier with their mouth instead of using water. These germs can start the process that causes cavities even before a baby has teeth. It is advised that parents should avoid sharing saliva with their babies from birth. 

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