GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro pediatric dentist is advising parents to avoid certain actions before giving a pacifier to their infants.
Dr. Scott Cashion says parents who suck on their child's pacifier to clean it could be transmitting bacteria to their child that causes dental decay.
"Many parents don't realize that adult saliva contains a variety of microorganisms which may be harmful to health."
Cashion also said not to dip a pacifier in honey or juice because the high sugar content could cause tooth decay or cavities.
"A child's teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they begin to erupt," Cashion said in a statement. "Fortunately, there are steps that parents can take to help children develop a healthy immune system. Breast milk is widely acknowledged as a good immunity-builder as well as the most complete form of nutrition for infants."
The North Carolina Dental Society and the American Dental Society recommend that parents watch their children's diet and brush their teeth or wipe their gums after meals.