Dental diseases, such as cavities and gum disease are caused by bacteria that can be spread from person to person. Infants and young children are particularly susceptible to infection by these disease causing bacteria, because children are not born with these bacteria and their immune systems are not well prepared to defend against them. Parents, grandparents and caregivers can directly impact the oral health of their children and grandchildren by minimizing exposure to disease causing oral bacteria. Before your child or grandchild is born (or if you are a child care provider) see your dentist and resolve any dental decay or gum disease issues. Then, maintain a consistent daily regimen of flossing and brushing (or whatever your dentist recommends) in order to minimize the number of disease causing bacteria in your mouth. Bottom line: Parents and grandparents can have a huge impact on the future oral health of their children!