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5 March 2018, 12:10
Do you give your kid a kiss on the lips? Apparently this act could be causing harm to your youngster.
One of the most natural maternal instincts in the world is to want to kiss your child.
But experts are now warning of the dangers of giving your little ones a peck on the mouth as it could lead to serious health risks and infections.
Dr Richard Marques, a celebrity dentist at Wimpole Street Dental, explains that baby teeth aren't strong enough to fight against bacteria that comes from other people's salvia.
He told the Independent: "The enamel is much thinner on baby teeth. It is not as strong as adult enamel so is more likely to decay. It [the bacteria] can even affect the soft tissues and gums before the baby teeth have developed."
"Saliva transfer from parent to child is a risk as this can spread bacteria (such as streptococcus mutans) from adult to child."
As well as this, Dr Marques is advising parents to avoid sharing cutlery with their kids, or blowing their food to cool it down. He also suggested keeping their toothbrushes a distance away from anyone else's to reduce the risk of contamination.
The expert advises that children aged 2 and 3 should be visiting the dentist every 6 months to keep a check for cavities and monitor tooth development. You can take a tot as young as 6 months to visit the dentist, as this is when the first teeth generally start to appear.
Regardless of the potential health hazards, many celebrities have come under fire for kissing their youngsters on the lips as some believe that this gesture should stop once your son or daughter reaches a certain age.
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