It's important to remember that babies' bodies have special needs,and simple activities that may not be dangerous to full-grown people could potentially harm an infant. October marks National Dental Hygiene Awareness month, which is dedicated to educating people about proper dental care, and parents of young children may want to take this opportunity to learn about how to keep their infant's teeth healthy.
Sharing utensils and kisses on the mouth can potentially spread cavity-causing bacteria to babies.
"Cavity-causing bacteria can be passed from the mother or father to the infant through the transfer of saliva," said Jerome Blum, D.D.S., corporate dental director. "Seemingly harmless activities, such as a kiss on the mouth, blowing on food or sharing a spoon, can help cause cavities."
Blum recommends wiping a baby's mouth often with a clean, wet cloth to help protect their teeth and gums. He also said to schedule an infant's first dental appointment as soon as their first tooth comes in, to ensure they get a head start on a lifetime of good oral health.
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