Tooth Decay

Sweet Tooth Orthodontics and Children's Dentistry

Dentists & Orthodontists located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

A majority of dental issues in children stems from tooth decay, making prevention the best tool in your battle for good oral health. At Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Julia Brown and her staff make it their goal to teach clients in the Rancho Cucamonga, California area how to prevent the destructive forces of tooth decay. To ensure your child’s dental health, both now and in the future, call or go online to book an appointment.

Tooth Decay Q & A

What causes tooth decay?

Every day, bacteria and foods assault your child's mouth. If not adequately dealt with, they can cause tooth decay. To better understand what’s at play, here’s how decay progresses:

  • Throughout the day, plaque forms on your child’s teeth
  • Plaque contains bacteria that feed off of sugar
  • The bacteria in the plaque produce acids
  • If the plaque isn’t removed, these acids infiltrate the enamel on your child’s teeth

Since enamel is your child’s primary defense against tooth decay, anything that compromises it can cause tooth decay.

What are the symptoms of tooth decay?

The most common symptoms of tooth decay include:

  • Toothache
  • Swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Discolorations on the tooth

Through a visual examination and X-rays, Dr. Brown can diagnose the presence, and extent, of tooth decay, and whether the cavities require filling.

How can I prevent tooth decay?

Here are a few easy steps to keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy:

Dental care

Regular visits to Dr. Brown allow her to locate problem areas early before tooth decay takes hold. Dr. Brown also provides sealants and fluoride treatments to stave off decay. Also, professional cleanings go a long way toward eliminating harmful plaque buildup.

At-home cleaning

Enough can’t be said about the importance of good oral hygiene at home. For infants who are just getting teeth, Dr. Brown recommends wiping the teeth with a cloth after each feeding. As your child’s teeth erupt, you need to ramp up your efforts with regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Your child should brush for two minutes, twice a day.

Bottle tooth decay

If your infant is exposed to long periods with a bottle that contains any sugar, tooth decay is a real concern. You should ensure that you clean your child’s mouth after using a bottle and refrain from giving your child anything but water before sleeping.


Dr. Brown recommends avoiding sugary snacks and juices, especially foods like hard candies that stay in your child’s mouth for extended periods. Instead, Dr. Brown suggests healthy snacks like vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and low-fat cheese.

When it comes to tooth decay, vigilant prevention can save a lot of aggravation down the road. Call Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment to learn more.