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The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth.

How to take care of children’s teeth from a very early age?

  • Avoid sugar foods and drinks consumption.

  • Remove the bottle from child’s mouth after stopped drinking.

  • Introduce floss as soon as your child’s teeth touch.

  • Use a damp cloth if a toothbrush is not possible to clean the teeth and gums.

Causes of tooth decay in young children

Bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars from foods and drinks.

These bacteria produce acid, which damages the outer surface of the tooth (the enamel).

Saliva helps to repair this damage, but if over time there is more damage than repair, it leaves a cavity or ‘hole’ in the tooth.

Signs of early childhood tooth decay

Early childhood cavities develop over time and can be difficult to see in the early stages.

Tooth decay may show as:

  • A dull white band on the tooth surface closest to the gum line – this is the first sign and usually remains undetected by parents

  • A yellow, brown or black band on the tooth surface closest to the gum line – this indicates progression to decay

  • Teeth that look like brownish-black stumps – this indicates that the child has advanced decay.

Importance of early detection of tooth decay in young children

To avoid missing tooth decay and prevent your child from major tooth problems later, check your child’s teeth regularly. If you see anything unusual, make a dental appointment.

Preventing tooth decay in young children

You can help prevent tooth decay in young children by introducing healthy eating and good cleaning habits early on.