At La Petite Dent we strive to provide our patients with a lifetime of good oral health. But did you know that good oral health begins in the womb? The baby teeth begin to form between the third and the eight week of embryological development. The adult teeth start forming in the 20th week. So by the time your little bundle is born, it has all of its teeth!
We know that when babies are born they are sterile—meaning they have no bacteria in their bodies. Bacteria is not all bad! Many bacteria are very good for us but there are a few that we just don’t want around. The main bacteria that causes cavities is a strain called Streptococci Mutans (MS). How does MS inhabit our mouths as babies? From all of those around us! Yes, cavities are caused by bacteria that you can “catch!” So when the pacifier falls on the floor and you wipe it off using your mouth, you are removing floor germs but replacing your own mouth germs.
The best way to prevent cavities in your children is to make sure that you also have good oral health care. Regular dental visits are essential for both children and adults. We welcome expectant parents into our office for a tour and information packet. We can also provide you with referrals to general dentists in the area so that you can help your baby have the best start!