Cavities (Tooth Decay) in Children

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Healthy teeth do not have cavities (holes in teeth). When children eat or drink anything with sugar or starch, bacteria in the mouth turn the sugars and starches into acids. The acids result in demineralization, when minerals such as calcium disappear from the teeth.

Frequent eating and drinking of sugary or starchy foods and drinks cause this demineralization and finally lead to cavities. This can result in pain and infection (swelling).

Almost 25% of children less than 5 years and 50% of 5-6 year olds have cavities.

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