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The average child doesn't loose all their baby teeth until 10 to 12 years old.  The baby teeth provide space maintainers for the permanent teeth, so it is important to keep the baby teeth healthy until the permanent teeth erupt.  A cavity (infection) in a baby tooth will continue to grow until it is treated and the tooth may develop a severe tooth ache if not treated.  It is important to remove decay present in a child mouth in order to prevent the spread of more disease (tooth decay).  Also, it is important to maintain a healthy environment for the permanent teeth to develop.   

What causes tooth decay?  Sugar doesn't cause tooth decay.  You can put a tooth in a bowl of sugar or breast milk for years and the tooth will not decay.  Acid need to be present in order for tooth decay to occur along with sugar.  The acid is produced when the sugars in foods or drinks react with bacteria present on the tooth surface.  The acid production leads to the loss of calcium from the enamel causing deminralization which is the begining process of tooth decay.  Keeping your mouth clean by brushing twice and flossing once daily your risks of tooth decay will go down significantly.   

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