At age 5, the children visited a dentist, and were examined for decayed, missing and filled primary tooth surfaces and severe early childhood caries, or severe cavities.
Among the children in the study, 23.9 percent had severe cavities and 48 percent had at least one tooth surface affected by a cavity.
That's also why we need to make sure we're wiping down baby's gums after they eat with a moist cloth.
And then brushing the teeth twice a day, when they come in, with a rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
She also said it's important for parents to take care of their own teeth, because if they share a spoon with their child but they have cavities, the cavity-causing bacteria can be passed along.