Can Caring For Babies Teeth Prevent Childhood Cavities?Tuesday, August 16th, 2011, 10:18 am
We now have another reason to pay attention to the oral health of babies. A recent study A recent study has confirmed that the same bacteria that causes tooth decay in children is also present in the saliva of infants. Tooth decay is the most prevalent infectious disease in American children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kelly Swanson, lead researcher on this study said “By the time a child reaches kindergarten 40% have dental cavities.” This study focused on babies before the teeth erupted. It was originally thought that children became infected with this bacteria between 19 and 33 months of age. This study has shown that infection really occurs much earlier. “Minimizing snacks and drinks with fermentable sugars and wiping the gums of babies without teeth, as suggested by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, are important practices for new parents to follow to help prevent future tooth decay.”
Caring for the oral health of babies before they even have baby teeth could help prevent tooth decay later in their lives. If you would like to find out more about cavity prevention or if your child is already experiencing tooth decay please contact our Toccoa office today at 706-886-9439.