Cavities, caries, tooth decay. These are several words for the same problem. There are bacteria running around inside your child’s mouth feeding on the sugar and carbohydrates that have been eaten. These bacteria then create an acid that damages, dissolves and causes infection in teeth. The bacteria also create plaque, that yellowish film that builds up on teeth. Plaque contains even more acid, which could result in cavities, caries, and tooth decay.
Children are not born with these bacteria. Unfortunately, the bacteria are usually passed to them from their (gasp!) parents. Antibiotics do not get rid of the cavity-causing bacteria so the best way to combat them is with good preventive care at home and by visiting your pediatric dentist at Kids Tooth Doc every six months.