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Passing germs to your child!

Cavities are caused by germs that can be passed from parent to child!

  • Babies are born without the bacteria that causes cavities. They get it from spit that is passed from their caregiver’s mouth to their own. Caregivers pass on these germs by sharing saliva- by sharing spoons, by testing foods before feeding it to babies, by cleaning off a pacifier in their mouth instead of using water, and through activities where saliva is shared.
  • These germs can start the process that causes cavities even before the babies have teeth, so it’s important to avoid sharing saliva with your baby right from the start. Here are some tips on how to keep your baby- and your baby’s teeth- healthy and happy.  Click here