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Bacteria Causing Tooth Decay In Infants

Updated on March 21, 2017
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Retired clinical dental assistant instructor from S.F.V.A.M.C..and wrote articles on preventive dentistry for employee newspaper.

Mothers Should Start Oral Care After Their Infant's First Feeding

Infants are infected with bacteria that leads to tooth decay before their primary teeth erupt. Studies reveal that saliva in children's oral cavity while their teeth are still erupting contains bacteria which causes tooth decay. These results could change recommendations for oral hygiene in very young children.

Scientists from the University of Illinois at Urban-Champagne and two research Institutes in Lubbock, Texas use comparative analysis involving DNA sequencing methods to study hundreds of different germs and bacteria in the saliva of teething children.

Dental disease has become one of the most common infectious diseases in the United States in children from birth to six years of age. Researchers say, the teeth most frequently impacted are the primary teeth.

The National Institutes of Health say, 42% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 have had caries in their primary teeth.

The findings of the studies seem to indicate that bacteria in the oral cavity occurs earlier in children than previously thought.

At this time pediatric dentistry experts recommend first time mothers to clean their newborn's oral cavity after their first breast-feeding by wiping their gums with a cloth or sterile gauze and to stop bottle-feeding them at 14 months and continue cleaning their gums with a cloth or special tooth brush.

Tags: bacteria, oral cavity, mothers, newborns, infants, children, tooth decay.

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