Module 2: Risk Factors for Tooth Decay
- Infants and children who live in communities without
fluoridated water, are from families with low incomes,
are from some racial and ethnic minority groups, have limited
or no dental insurance, have parents with less than a high
school education, or have special health care needs are
at higher risk for tooth decay.
- Infants and children with poor oral hygiene or inadequate
exposure to fluoride are at higher risk for tooth decay.
- Frequent consumption of foods containing sugar increases
the risk for tooth decay. Even very small amounts of these
foods consumed frequently over the course of a day will
create an acid environment lasting many hours.
- Breastfeeding is associated with a low risk of developing
tooth decay, compared with bottle feeding.