What Causes Tooth Decay?
Good oral health comes from reducing the things that harm teeth and increasing the things that help teeth. By learning about dental decay, watching out for the things that can harm your child's teeth, and doing the things you can to help your child's teeth, you will be giving your child the gift of a healthy smile.
What You Should Know About Germs
Did you know that germs cause cavities? Germs can be spread to infants and toddlers through saliva. It is very important not to share cups, eating utensils, or food with children. Do not "clean off" pacifiers by putting them in your own mouth first. Sugary foods and drinks feed the germs that cause tooth decay. The germs make acids that cause cavities.
There is Good News!
Regular brushing removes the germs that cause cavities. And fluoride helps stop the cavity-causing acids. Tooth decay can be stopped and even reversed if it is caught and treated early. Your job as a parent is to balance the cavity causers with the cavity fighters so you can help your child avoid tooth decay.