Tooth decay often begins at an early age, making young children particularly susceptible. Nearly half of children between the ages of 2-11 have experienced tooth decay while 32% of kids between the ages of 9-11 develop cavities in their permanent teeth.

Major contributing factors to this public health problem include baby formula with added sugar and heavily-sugared fruit juices. Even breast milk can cause cavities in baby teeth because of the natural sugars present.

Care for baby teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth appears. We recommend that you bring your child in for an exam no later than his or her first birthday. Regular six-month checkups will put kids on a schedule like most adults, establishing a routine that will hopefully last a lifetime.

The following early steps can help guard your child against tooth decay, even before their first dental visit

Baby’s teeth should always be rinsed with water or wiped with a damp cloth after feeding.
Try to wean your child off bottle feeding by their first birthday.
Begin brushing as soon as your child’s first tooth appears.
Help your child brush
Don’t give bottles filled with sugary drinks or milk before bedtime.
If you do choose to offer sugary beverages, have your child use a straw.
Try to limit the overall sugary foods your child eats and drinks.
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Your pediatric dentist will keep your child’s teeth healthy by removing plaque build-up and food debris that may be stuck in his teeth. This is an important part of dental care because it prevents bacteria from continuing to grow, which may eventually lead to other dental diseases.
You’re likely already familiar with the chief culprits behind enamel erosion in a kid’s mouth: sugary drinks (including juice!), starchy or sugary snacks, poor brushing habits, and genetics.
The dental professional that specializes in the care of children’s teeth and oral health is called a Pedodontist or Pediatric Dentist. Just as you take your child to a Pediatrician, it is important for them to see an appropriate doctor for their oral health as well!


A healthy smile is a beautiful smile.