Goal: Learn what cavities are and what causes them.
Big Bites: Things You Should Know
The combination of germs and carbohydrates (sugar and starches) creates an acid that attacks teeth.
Cavity causing germs can be passed from a mother or caregiver to a baby through kissing, sharing utensils, or by putting baby’s pacifier in mom’s mouth.
Continual snacking on sugary or starchy foods or drinking juice or soda causes repeated acid attacks. Repeated acid attacks cause cavities.
Cavities are almost entirely preventable and can be avoided by limiting continual snacking, drinking water instead of juice/soda, by brushing after eat and by making sure mom doesn’t have active tooth decay.
White or brown spots on teeth can be early signs of a cavity and a black spot is probably a cavity.
Cavities must be treated by a dentist.
Untreated cavities can lead to a serious infection.