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My son never eats any sugar. How can he have so many cavities?
There are many hidden sugars in bread, potatoes or even milk that can cause the same sort of decay produced by white sugar. For example, fruit rollups and raisins contain sugars that can stick to tooth surfaces far longer than those in a soft drink. Drinks in a baby bottle, even milk, can cause tooth decay if a baby is allowed to keep the bottle in her mouth for extended periods.

If your child is an infant and still nursing, his upper front teeth are being bathed in milk sugars for extended periods. These sugars are nutrients for the oral bacteria that cause early infant decay. You can avoid this decay by carefully cleaning his teeth with a soft infant toothbrush or by wiping his teeth clean at the end of each feeding. Use a washcloth, cotton swab, or cotton ball to do this.

My other children never had any cavities. How can Nicole have six?
Nicole may be getting more cavities because her teeth are closer together, so food gets trapped between them and causes decay. Or she may be eating more sugary treats than her brothers or sisters. Do some detective work. A likely culprit is Nicole's dental hygiene. See how often she is really brushing and flossing.


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