Do Not Lick the Pacifier and Give it to Your Baby
Bacteria that are in your saliva may transfer to the baby.
Parents need to be aware of the harm that bacteria can do to babies. It can lead to decay in the mouth. Parents unknowingly transfer this bacteria to the babies when they share utensils.
A study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics has shown that licking the pacifier to clean it can transfer bacteria. This bacterial may lead to cavities, as the baby’s teeth come in contact with this bacteria.
Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association, warms of decay on erupting teeth. Bacteria can transfer from the saliva of the parent to the child. This bacterial may increase the risk of cavities in the baby.
Parents need to take steps to help their babies develop a healthy immune system. Also, parents need to take steps to help protect dental health in their babies and young children. They can do this by feeding them a balanced diet, watching their intake of sugary foods and drinks, and developing proper oral health habits. Brush the baby’s teeth after meals. A parent should wipe down a baby’s gums before napping or going down for the night.
Take your child to see a dentist six months after their first tooth poke through. And, they should have their first dental visit by the time they are one year old.