• Cavities in baby teeth don't matter because they will just fall out anyway.
  • Cavities in baby teeth don't need fillings because they are just baby teeth.
  • Kids don't need to see the dentist until they are at least 3 years old.
  • I can wait to start brushing my baby's teeth until he is older.
  • Toothpaste with fluoride is dangerous for my baby.


  • Children don't lose their last baby tooth until they are close to 12 years old. Once started, cavities will grow bigger over time and eventually need to be filled.
  • Cavities in baby teeth can lead to pain and infection. Cavities must be treated by the dentist and this can be very hard for young children.
  • It is recommended that all kids see the dentist for the first time when their first tooth erupts or by age 1 at the latest.
  • To prevent cavities, parents should begin brushing their baby's teeth as soon as the first tooth comes in.
  • Parents should use a small smear of toothpaste with fluoride (about the size of a grain of rice) when brushing their baby's teeth. This small amount is not harmful if swallowed and will help prevent cavities.