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Toddlers and cavities: Yes, it happens. Yes, it matters.
It happens to all of us: Skipping our little one’s toothbrush time when we’re rushing to get them out of the door in the morning (or struggling to get them into bed at night). After all, how important can it really be for a two-year-old to brush? Do toddlers actually get cavities – and if they do, does it even matter? The answer to both is yes – and here’s why.
The seeds of good oral health
As we grow, our oral health needs continue to evolve. Cultivate strong teeth by planting the seeds for good oral health early and knowing what to watch for at different life stages.
What is dental decay?
Our mouths are breeding grounds for hundreds of types of bacteria. Plaque that forms on our teeth and in our mouths contain this bacteria which also live on our gums, tongue, and other soft tissues. When we eat food, the bacteria that is in our mouth eat the food too – specifically, sugar – and produce acid. This acid begins to break down the tooth surface, and will eventually cause a hole in the tooth, referred to as dental caries, or dental decay.