Why Does My Child Have a Cavity?

If your toddler has a toothache, he or she most likely has a cavity. "But we don't even eat sugar at our house! How does he have a cavity?" Great question! The fact is, most cavities in children aren't caused by soda and candy (although soda and candy will definitely do the trick!). They aren't even caused by "bad brushing habits". So why does your son or daughter have a cavity even though she eats healthy, brushes regularly, and by all measures is the dentist's perfect patient? The answer is simple: snacks! Children and toddlers eat a lot and eat often. They are growing at a rapid rate and they get hungry all the time. They need the energy and nutrition to grow and function properly. But even if your child only eats healthy snacks, it can still lead to cavities. Why? Because constant snacking creates and acidic environment in the mouth, which makes it easier for cavity-causing bacteria to thrive. So what's the answer? It's not realistic to tell a growing child not to eat. So, if your son or daughter is a constant snacker, make sure he or she has water handy to drink AFTER the snack is gone. That will help reduce the acid in the mouth and reduce the chance of cavities. You might also want to add in a mid-day toothbrushing session to keep the mouth clean. For more information, check out our article about children and cavities.

For more information about cavities in children and toddlers, watch the short video, below.

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