Tooth decay is the number one dental problem for preschool children, and 10% of 2 year-olds already have cavities. Cavities in baby teeth can lead to serious dental problems for permanent teeth. In this episode, we explore plaque and how sugar impacts tooth decay. We discuss the importance of good dental hygiene, when to start brushing teeth, and tips on helping children brush their teeth. How much toothpaste should children be using, how do you choose an appropriate toothbrush for kids? We talk about these issues, fluoride, sealants, varnish and more in this minty fresh and sparkling episode!

This episode written by Dr. Dean Blumberg and Dr. Lena Rothstein.

We thank Dr. Gila C. Dorostkar, Pediatric Dentistry in Marin County California, for reviewing this topic, although Drs. Dean and Lena take responsibility for any errors or misinformation.

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Photo from the American Dental Association