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Common practice can harm a baby's dental health
Updated: 5/18/2012 6:59:56 PM

Common practice can harm a baby  

Baby teeth are extremely important, because they serve as placeholders for adult teeth and caring for them properly is the first step toward a lifetime of proper dental health habits, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). Recently, NewJersey.com spoke to Suzy Press, D.D.S., who reminded parents that even if they brush their baby's teeth regularly, they can still damage their child's dental health by making some common mistakes.

According to the news source, it's common to see a mom pick up a pacifier her baby has dropped, and use her own spit to clean it. While this happens regularly, it could be damaging a baby's dental health.

"The truth is, much like a cold, the bacteria in the mouth that causes decay can be transferred from person to person, parent to child," said Press, quoted by the news source. "This happens when items contaminated with saliva go into a child’s mouth. Bacteria also can grow as a result of your baby’s diet."

The dentist reminded parents that a child's first visit to a dental health professional should be at age 1, or when his or her first teeth appear.

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