There has been a large push in the media over this issue but we are still
seeing it in the office so I think it bears repeating.
Early childhood cavities are bad news.
These cavities are costly to fix, it is harder to keep them intact,
and drilling on children gives them a bad perception
of what going to the dentist is all about, which will stay with them
for a long long time and effect how they view dental care in the future.
Simple rule of thumb here.
Do not give your children anything to drink, that is not water, in between meals.
At meal time they can have lots of stuff.
Juice, milk, koolaid, etc.
After the meal is over have them brush their teeth or swish with a glass of water.
This will help clean the sugars out of their mouths that they got form the meal.
ANY other time you should be giving them water.
It is the child that is continuously exposed to sugars that will get the cavities.
And for the love of all that is good and holy do not, under any circumstances,
put your child to bed with a bottle of juice, milk, or anything else.