“They are way too young to have cavities already.” “They rarely eat candy or sugar that causes cavities.” These are just some of the comments parents make when learning that their young children have cavities. The truth is if your child has teeth, they are at risk of tooth decay. Tooth decay affects millions of young children each year. In fact, as many as 4 million preschoolers suffer from it. If that isn’t unnerving enough, the CDC reports that 40% of children ages 2 to 11 suffer tooth decay in their baby teeth. There is good news, experts tell us that tooth decay is 98 percent preventable, and those are pretty good odds. By taking your child to the dentist for regular check-ups once their first teeth start to emerge, you are helping to prevent tooth decay. If your dentist does find signs of it, it is something that can be corrected easily at early stages. Taking care of your child’s teeth by brushing them daily and practicing overall proper oral hygiene habits can aid in preventing decay as well. It is also important to tell your child’s dentist if you suffer from oral problems, as your child may too. It’s similar to screening for other diseases that you may have a family history of. Teaching your children proper oral hygiene and doing it for them when they are too young to do it themselves as well as eating a healthy diet is also key to a healthy smile. Haring Pediatric Dental specializes in children’s dental health, and are committed to keeping this generation’s dental experiences fun and positive. At Haring Pediatric Dental going to the dentist just got fun!