Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases among children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC said 42% of children ages 2 to 10 have cavities in their baby teeth.
Dr. Trevor Larson from West Richland Family Dental said he has seen kids with tooth decay as young as one and it all starts with their parents.
He said tooth decay is a spreadable disease.
If parents share a spoon or kiss their children bacteria in their mouth can be transmitted to their children and can start a dental infection, said Larson.
He said he most commonly sees tooth decay in kids ages 5 to 12.
"They are old enough where their parents are saying go brush your teeth they are not over seeing it well enough and their dexterity is not good enough to do it well on their own," said Larson.
Larson said tooth decay in baby teeth should not be ignored because that bacteria is easily transferred to permanent teeth.
He said he has seen a decrease in tooth decay in our area and attributes that to parents becoming more educated about the issue.
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