Children are not born with the bacteria that cause cavities – they get them from adults. When adults share eating utensils and drinking glasses we pass these bacteria on to the infants/children. You can make sure your child has a better chance at growing up cavity free by following these few simple steps. . .
- Don't share eating utensils or cups and glasses
- Don't clean pacifiers with your mouth, clean in the dishwasher
- Never dip pacifiers in honey or sugar for the infant to suck on
- Only put formula, milk or water in a baby bottle – no sweet drinks or sugar
- Never put an infant or child to bed with a bottle full of formula or milk
- The gums of an infant should be gently wiped with a warm wet cloth, this allows for the infant to become familiar with you cleaning his/her teeth later.
- A visit to the dentist should take place around age 1-2. Make this a 'fun' visit. No pushing or prodding. Let the child lead the way as to what they are open to.
Children and Cavities – a childhood disease
Cavities are the most widespread disease in the United States. Cavities can lead to a lifetime of pain, self-esteem issues and learning problems. Learning is difficult when a child is in pain. How can a child concentrate if their mouth is hurting them.
You have the power to help a child grow up cavity free.