Parents are often shocked when dentists say that their young children have developed tooth decay even after religious oral care. Moms with cavities in particular, can transmit cavity-causing oral bacteria to their babies by sharing utensils or cleaning pacifiers by sticking them in their own mouths.
- Keep your child’s fingers out of anyone else’s mouth – including yours or your child’s siblings and playmates.
- Don’t share feeding cups and utensils.
- If your baby drops his or her pacifier, never “wash it off” in your own mouth. Clean it with water and soap, or bring an extra clean one with you.
- Never share toothbrushes.
- Make sure everyone in your family practices good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing daily reduces the risk of tooth decay and lowers the chances of passing harmful oral bacteria to your young ones.