While tooth decay has been on the decline over the past few decades, dentists are discovering a worrisome new uptick in cavities. It seems that a number of preschoolers all over the country, in all income levels, are developing so many cavities that they must undergo general anesthesia to treat them all. In such cases, it is not uncommon to see preschoolers with six to ten cavities or more at one time. This growing problem is likely due to increased use of bottled water (which does not contain fluoride) and increased snacking on sugary foods and drinks at bedtime. Making matters worse, many parents do not insist that their toddlers brush before going to bed. Children are paying the price.
The increased incidence of multiple cavities among preschoolers underlines the importance of taking a child for a visit to the dentist before his or her first birthday to assess cavity risk and establish good oral health habits