Parents can pass the oral bacteria called mutans streptococci on to their children. Children are not born with this bacteria in their mouth, but it can be passed from your mouth to theirs. This is the bacteria that causes cavities and is found in saliva. If you have active cavities or are at high risk for cavities, there are ways to prevent spreading this bacteria to your child or anyone else:
- Do not share a toothbrush.
- Don’t allow your child to place their fingers in your mouth.
- Don’t share a cup.
- Brush and floss regularly.
- And of course, have dental checkups every six months for you and your child.
– from Stacy B. (Dental Assistant)