Can the poor condition of a parent’s teeth and gums impact a child’s oral health?
Dr. Julie: Studies show germs that cause oral disease can be passed to children making it all the more important that parents practice good dental health too. Q: What can I do to keep my baby’s teeth healthy? Dr. Julie: Babies should not go to bed with a bottle filled with liquids like milk, juice or formula. (Water is acceptable.) Foods high in sugar and sticky foods like suckers, fruit snacks and cookies stay in the mouth longer increasing the possibility of tooth decay. Offer fresh fruits, vegetables or cheese as an alternative. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and other dental associations stress that young children get good oral health care. But, they recognize it is not always available to all children – especially those in disadvantaged families. Marathon County’s Head Start program serves 3, 4, and five year old children and requires dental exams in the first 90 days of school. For the last six years First Impressions has opened its doors to Head Start to insure a he