Since we live in a real-world scenario, it may be downright impossible to avoid some of these shared behaviors. But, there may be a way around it. “Wipe your baby’s mouth out with a clean wet cloth after each feeding,” Dr. Liechtung says. “If you wipe the tongue, teeth, and the inside of the cheeks from infancy on, then you will help to prevent the colonies of bacteria from forming.”
“And make sure that your own oral health is taken care of with twice-annual visits to the dentist and practicing good oral care,” Dr. Liechtung adds. “The cleaner your own mouth is, the better it is for your baby.”
Marc Liechtung, D.M.D., is principal of Manhattan Dental Arts, an Upper West Side practice that specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He received his D.M.D. from The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and, due to his experience in dental restoration, created Snap On Smile, a multipurpose restorative dental appliance.