Cavities can be prevented, but not enough children get early preventive care. Children with cavities can suffer from pain, have difficulty eating, be distracted from learning, and feel less confident. Providing preventive care, like fluoride varnish applications, is critical as soon as teeth erupt and regularly thereafter.
Severe decay for a very young child often results in treatment in an operating room and can cost more than $10,000. The cost for three fluoride varnish applications in a year, highly effective in preventing cavities, is just $44.