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.