Drop this pacifier! Saliva harbor caries-causing bacteria, says ADA response to pacifier study
Stop there, says the American Dental Association
Licking a pacifier can transmit the caries-causing bacteria from parents to their children - increasing the likelihood of dental caries when children grow up.
The ADA published a statement May 6 in response to a study on the immunological benefits of adult saliva recently published in Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The study "does not show the full picture that adult saliva can also contain bacteria that cause caries," says the ADA. P>
"The child's teeth are susceptible to decay as they begin to erupt," says Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, a pediatric dentist from Maine and an ADA spokeswoman. "Caries-causing bacteria, especially Streptococcus mutans, can be transferred from adult saliva to children, increasing the risk of developing caries."
The sharing of household utensils with a baby, or taking the pacifier to the mouth to clean it, can also increase the probability of transmission of caries-causing bacteria. There are other measures parents can take to help children develop the immune system, Dr. Shenkin adds. "Breast milk is highly recognized as a good builder of immunity and also the most complete form of nutrition for infants, he says. "This is a fact that the ADA and the AAP agree on."
ADA recommends that parents protect their babies' oral health by promoting a healthy diet by monitoring their food and drink intake, brushing their teeth and cleaning their teeth. gums after meals and having the children finish the bottle before going to bed. The ADA recommends that children first consult with the dentist up to six months after the eruption of the first tooth and before the age of one.
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