Early Childhood Decay

Dental decay can have many names: cavities, holes, caries. Early childhood caries is defined by the AIHW as one or more teeth that have decay, are missing because of decay, or are restored (filled) in children aged 0-5 years. 

What is the cause?

  1. high sugar intake – juices, fruit, cordial, soft drink, chocolate, lollies, biscuits

  2. lack of oral hygiene – not brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each brush, not flossing daily, not drinking/rinsing with water

  3. lack of fluoride exposure – not using fluoridated toothpaste, not drinking/rinsing with fluoridated water

As soon as we’ve finished brushing, bacteria that live in our mouths form a layer around our teeth. The bacteria in this layer love eating and drinking the same things we eat and drink, especially sugar. After this, the bacteria produce acids that break down the teeth, often resulting in decay. 


What should I do if my child has decay?

Bring your child in to the dental clinic for a full mouth examination with our dentists and oral health therapists. We will be able to determine the presence and severity of decay, and discuss factors that may be contributing to this. Our dental professionals can show you and your child the best way to look after their teeth.







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Dr Henry Wong is a local dental graduate, having done his studies at the University of Queensland. He has had over 10 years of practical experience, providing a wide range of services in the various fields of dentistry. He has a strong interest in Orthodontics (braces) and has an affinity treating young patients. Henry regularly attends a range of continuing education courses, and is very much up to date with his continuing professional development requirements.   Dr Henry is a long term member of the ADA (Australian Dental Association). He has also been involved with RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service), in a charity project that provides much needed dental treatment to villages in Nepal. He has also provided volunteer work in Brisbane through the National Dental Foundation.   Dr Henry enjoys spending time with his family and young daughter. They are often the reluctant subjects one of his other interests; photography. He likes to unwind by listening to comedy podcasts and tending to his growing collection of indoor plants.