What is causing your baby’s tooth decay?

For adults, poor oral hygiene causes bacteria build-up. These germs produce plaque and other acids that soften the tooth’s protective enamel and wear away gums. But because babies are not usually exposed to acid-producing bacteria due to the limited types of food they eat, this logic does not seem to fit for infants.

So, what could be causing your baby’s tooth decay? NBC News reported about the possibility of moms transmitting cavity-causing germs to their babies. A mother is most likely to transmit such bacteria through her saliva by sharing cups and utensils, chewing the baby’s food, and kissing the baby on the mouth.

As soon as your baby sprouts teeth, Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S. recommends removing plaque with the use of a soft piece of gauze or a baby toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also visit him and the rest of his team for your baby’s regular dental check-up. Set up an appointment by calling (512) 259-3365 today.