Cavity-Causing Bacteria in Saliva

Do you know of parents who suck on a pacifier before giving it to their baby?  Well they should know that this practice can transfer cavity-causing bacteria from the parent to the child.  The American Dental Association recently issued a statement responding to a study  in Pediatrics about the immunological benefits of adult saliva.  This study ignored the deleterious effect of cavity-causing bacteria that can be transferred from the adult saliva to the child.  This increases the risk of the child getting cavities.  Sharing silverware can also transmit this bacteria.  The ADA recommends a healthy diet, brushing teeth after mealtimes and having the infant finish his/her bottle before bedtime.  The first dental visit should be within six months of the eruption of the first tooth – and before age one.

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