Babies Teeth and Household Mold
Babies typically start teething between six and 12 months of age. It can be an exciting, but trying time for baby and you. Teething usually causes irritability, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and excessive drooling. As many parents reach for teething toys to pacify their little ones, it’s important to make sure that these items are clean before they go into baby’s mouth. While generally inoffensive, some children with weakened immune systems may experience adverse effects from heavy contact with mold growing inside teething toys. Since any toy can go into a child’s mouth, it’s important to inspect them often.
Teething Toys, Other Items May Contain Mold.
Fox News (1/24) carries an article first published on Health.com that discusses “unexpected places” where mold may be. The article reported in continuing coverage that several parents have discovered mold inside of “Sophie the Giraffe” teething toys despite following the product’s washing instructions. Except for those with an immune deficiency or a mold allergy, exposure to mold in toys is usually harmless, according to an allergist. Still, “mold may be lurking” in other areas of the home, including bathrooms, the article states, recommending people change toothbrushes every three months, among other tips.
MouthHealthy.org provides additional information for patients on teething. MouthHealthy.org and the Oral Health Topics on ADA.org provide additional information on toothbrush care for patients and for dental professionals.
Since mold is pervasive in our environment, it can potentially penetrate many household items, including your toothbrush. Dr. James Reisman and Dr. Jordana Contrucci, of C R Dental Group, Dallas, Tx, recommends replacing your toothbrush every three to four months. It is also recommended that your child’s first dental visit should be when the first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Being proactive about your child’s dental health today can help keep their smile healthy for life.