infant and toddler oral healthCaries is an infectious disease that is transmitted from parents or caregivers to the child. The bacteria are passed on to the baby through sharing utensils, food, kissing or cleaning the pacifier with your own mouth before giving it to your baby. It attaches to the gums, even before teeth erupt and will not only affect baby teeth, but also the permanent teeth that form under them. That is why it is just as important for parents and caregivers to maintain good oral health to prevent transferring the bacteria to the child. Dental professionals and parents need to work as a team in order to promote good oral health and to prevent cavities throughout life.

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