Tooth decay, the process that results in a cavity and occurs when bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth, can be easily be prevented by brushing and flossing twice a day, controlling harmful bacteria and maintaining a healthy diet. If tooth decay goes untreated, it can cause pain, infection, tooth loss and- in extreme cases- death in patients.
- Make brushing and flossing a twice daily event – in the morning before you go out the door and as the last activity before going to bed
- Take your baby to the dentist by age 1 to be assessed for future cavity risk.
- Drink fluoridated tap water instead of plain bottled water.
- Cut down on sugary snacks, juices and sodas especially before bedtime.