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What Causes Tooth Decay?


Several specific types of bacteria that live on the teeth cause decay. When sugar is consumed, the bacteria normally found in the mouth use the sugar and then manufacture acids that dissolve the teeth and cause an infection in the tooth. This infection is called decay.




What Is Early Childhood Tooth Decay?




Babies who go to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice are more likely to get tooth decay. Because the sugar in formula, milk, or juice stays in contact with the teeth for a long time during the night, the teeth can decay quickly.




Some Tips To Avoid Early Childhood Tooth Decay:




  • If you put your child to bed with a bottle, use plain water only, not milk or juice.
  • Stop nursing when your child is asleep or has stopped sucking on the bottle.
  • Try not to let your child walk around using a bottle of milk or juice as a pacifier.
  • Start to teach your child to drink from a cup at about six months of age. Plan to stop using a bottle by 12 to 14 months at the latest.
  • Don't dip your child's pacifier in honey or sugar.




What Is Fluoride?




Fluoride helps make teeth strong and prevents tooth decay. Fluoride is found naturally in low concentration in drinking water and foods. Fresh water supplies generally contain between 0.01–0.3 ppm (parts per million). The fluoridation of water is known to prevent tooth decay and is considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as "one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century". Most municipal water supplies in Central Ohio have adjusted the fluoride level to 1.0 ppm, which is the recommended optimal level for the greatest dental benefits. Some natural wells in Central Ohio also contain between 0.6 - 1.0 ppm. In addition to fluoride in the water, fluoride is also found in recommended tooth pastes, mouth rinses, and is professionally applied topically to the teeth as part of a dental preventive visit.