Tooth decay can begin at any age and children are particularly susceptible. Almost half of children aged 2 - 11 years have had decayed baby teeth, while 32% of kids between ages 9 – 11 years have had decay in their permanent teeth. Baby formula with added sugar and heavily-sugared fruit juices that young children are given are major contributing factors these numbers. Even a mother’s milk can cause cavities in baby teeth because it’s slightly sweet.
Care for baby teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth breaks through. Dr. Tobias, like all dentists, recommends that you bring your child in for an exam no later than his or her first birthday. And regular six-month check-ups after that are suggested, as with adults. Dr. Tobias can give you advice and tips for keeping your child’s teeth decay free and healthy.
There are also are things you as a parent can do to prevent your child from falling victim to early tooth decay before the first dental visit:
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