As soon as the first tooth erupts in an infant’s mouth, that tooth is susceptible to dental decay. Under certain conditions, decay can occur almost immediately. Luckily, proper diet and brushing can easily prevent cavities. This is why it’s so important to brush your baby’s teeth every day. If the sides of the teeth are touching together, you should also floss the teeth. Try to keep juice and soda intake to a minimum, and only let your child have sweets and candy on special occasions. Try to completely avoid giving your child fruit leathers or any sticky, sweet snacks. If needed, you can try the treat yourself first and see if it passes the sticky test. If you eat a food and it gets stuck in your teeth such that you have to pick it out to remove it, it’s not good for your child. They tend to not be aware of this sensation and the sticky sweet material can stay stuck on the teeth for hours before it works itself free.