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Dental health in children can be a point of stress for some parents. Your kids are so small, and dental work can be so expensive.

How essential is dental work for children? Do they really need to get serious dental work done? Can baby teeth get cavities? Will my kids need fillings?

Dental decay is actually more common in kids than any other condition, including asthma or diabetes.

Many kids suffer with oral health from the ages of preschool, and it’s not something that dentists or parents can ignore.

Some children go without dental care because parents deem it unnecessary, but even kids who receive regular dental work can experience dental decay at young ages.

Oral Hygiene Routine

You may be tempted to point to all the sugar kids eat these days. It must be because we don’t have balanced diets, we give our kids too much candy, we don’t teach them good brushing and flossing habits from a young enough age.

Well, yes and no.

Our kids definitely eat too much sugar and it is critical to teach them good oral hygiene habits. But even those with healthy diets and good brushing routines can be predisposed to dental decay.

Does this mean you shouldn’t focus on oral hygiene because your kid’s teeth are predetermined to be fine or to have cavities? Definitely not. Still focus on getting your child plenty of calcium and carefully brushing and flossing. Avoid sugary drinks or treats as much as possible, and get routine dental checkups.

Childhood Decay

Unfortunately, if your family has a history of dental decay your child may already be showing signs of cavities – even as young as 1-2 years old.

While we sometimes don’t need to provide fillings for “baby teeth,” decay and damage to these baby teeth can still be a problem.

Baby teeth are placeholders for permanent teeth so when a baby tooth is prematurely lost or damaged it can create alignment problems for permanent teeth.

Another big issue with decay is that it hurts and it won’t reverse itself. If your preschooler is already experiencing tooth decay, it may not be linked to sugar or poor hygiene, but it can still mean discomfort and pain. It will definitely mean future decay and problems, because cavities will grow in size and depth as they continue to deplete calcium and weaken your teeth.


Dental checkups are critical for preventing premature dental decay in your kids. Check their mouths for plaque buildup, work on healthy oral hygiene routines, cut back on sugar, and make regular checkups with your preferred dentist at Fort Union Family Dental.