Cavities – Sweat The Small Stuff (Part 1 of 6)

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Don’t sweat the small stuff … and it’s all small stuff.” It was actually a book written by the late Dr. Richard Carlson and became one of the top-selling books for self-help.

Maybe the idea helped for some parts of life, but it’s totally wrong when it comes to cavities.


One REAL MOM, who is also a grandma, was concerned about her grandson. He had had his second tooth removed due to unfixable cavities — and he was only 6.

This grandma only has a couple of small fillings in her own mouth. Her daughter, the mom of this young boy, actually had zero cavities growing up. She wondered if her own daughter understood how to stop the cavity problem in her grandchild. The boy’s mom was brushing his teeth and taking him to the dentist, only to have major problems continue.

I still remember the times I had to take out ALL the teeth on 3-year-old children. ALL 20 OF THEM! Are you kidding me? We don’t make dentures or do implants for 3-year-olds. We just wait … and wait … and wait.

These little kids had to wait for a couple of years before they got any of their permanent teeth growing in. And if you think this was a one-off situation, it wasn’t.  I had to do this to THREE LITTLE KIDS.

Were these bad moms who let their children get into these situations? I don’t think so. I remember them to be very caring and concerned moms, but totally ignorant on how cavities really work so they (unknowingly) did almost everything wrong. They were the cause of their children’s cavity problem.

Cavities are super common, but have several different factors that contribute to them. Here are just a few:

  • Tooth brushing and flossing (but CAN’T stop all cavities even if you do it so well you should earn trophies for it)
  • Colonization.
  • How to wipe out colonies. Death and starvation of colonists.
  • Diet (a big factor)
  • TIMING of the diet (one of the biggest factors of all)
  • Shape or anatomy of the teeth
  • Genetic proneness to cavities. Some kids seem to get cavities if you even look at them sideways.
  • Arrangement of the teeth. Orthodontic straigtening isn’t just to make pretty smiles.
  • The dentist you choose. They’re not all created equal.

You might think I’m joking about some of these, but I’m not.

Cavities start as a microscopic problem. Therefore, a REAL MOM who is also a WISE MOM will sweat the small stuff. The common problem of cavities doesn’t have to be common in your children.

In the next few blog posts, I’m going to explain the different factors causing random holes to form in your child’s teeth. You’ll learn why they’re not so random at all.

Don’t worry. I’ll also help you understand what you can do to prevent them or minimize them if they happen. If you understand how it all works, you can do whatever you need to be not only a REAL MOM, but  GREAT MOM.

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