Why Does My Child Have Cavities?

Dr. Adam

From central Texas, I spent most of my young professional career advancing my knowledge and becoming a board certified pediatric dentist. Unfortunately, I have experienced an occupation ending disability and had to sell my practice. After selling my practice, I have since committed my efforts to spreading expert opinion to parents regarding the oral well-being of their children. Thanks for stopping by and please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

4 Responses

  1. Kevon Wilson says:

    Hi Dr. Adam,

    I did not know that cavities were contagious. This is a new lesson for me. I don’t have any kids of my own, but I do have lots of god-children, nieces and nephews. So I’ll be sharing your post with their parents. One of the questions I wanted to ask is how soon should you start brushing your child’s teeth. I know my sister has a one year old son (my nephew, duh). He has about 8 teeth but she does not brush as yet. She believes he is still too young to start brushing or flossing. What advice do you have on that?

    Thanks a mil

    • Dr. Adam says:

      Kevon,

      Thanks for stopping by and thank you for the great question! Both I and the AAPD recommend brushing a child’s teeth once they begin to erupt, or come in. This process usually starts around six months of age. I also recommend using an ADA approved fluoridated toothpaste. Under the age of 3, she should be using a grain of rice size amount of toothpaste.

      Flossing should occur at night before she brushes, but she only needs to worry about teeth that contact each other.

      NOTE: His gums will most likely bleed once she begins to brush – this is a sign the gums are inflamed (gingivitis). The bleeding should subside within two weeks of everyday brushing.

      Thanks for stopping by, and let me know if you have any other questions.

      – Dr Adam

  2. dawn oconnor says:

    hhummm very interesting, you do see a lot of Mums sucking “clean” a babies dummy!

    • Dr. Adam says:

      I know, I didn’t believe it until I had a child of my own. The first time I saw mom “cleaning” her pacifier, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Spread the word!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      – Dr Adam

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