According to these dentists in Lawrenceville, GA., sharing utensils with your child may cause them to be susceptible to cavities.
Mothers who had dental cavities were able to transmit the cavity-causing bacteria to their children by way of shared pacifiers and spoons. The mothers would clean the shared item with their mouths, then share it with their infant child.
The researchers behind the study believe that saliva transferred on this shared item carried cavity-producing bacteria, which then took hold in the infant's mouth. Over time, this introduced bacteria would threaten the child's overall dental health.
They recommend that parents avoid sharing oral bacteria with their children. However, they also recognize that this is not always a possibility.
"It's difficult to avoid all sharing of oral bacteria, so we encourage parents to take special care of their own oral health to lessen the likelihood of spreading cavity-causing bacteria to their children," says Ken Tralongo, CEO of Tralongo Management.
If you are concerned about your oral health or that of your child, schedule an appointment with one of the Lawrenceville dentists at Lawrenceville Dental Associates. They can help you to understand the risks you or your child may face and help you to improve your oral health.
About Lawrenceville Dental Associates
Lawrenceville Dental Associates is a general dentistry practice that offers comprehensive dental care for patients in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County. Their practice is made up of a team of four highly trained and experienced Lawrenceville dentists, as well as a friendly and professional support staff