Parents have been urged to ensure they promote the importance of good oral hygiene to their children as early as possible, so as to reduce the likelihood of needing emergency dentistry in the future.
Speaking to the Vancouver Sun, former president of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Dentistry Dr Sarah Hulland explained that it is crucial to ensure that infants' gums are kept sufficiently clean even prior to teething.
"Studies now show that, although you are not born with the bacteria associated with cavities, you acquire those bacteria prior to getting teeth," she told the newspaper.
"The balance against that is appropriate oral hygiene."
Her sentiments were echoed by ex-Ontario Dental Association head Dr Ian McConnachie, who pointed out that the risk of requiring cosmetic dentistry could also be influenced by genetic factors.
Earlier this week, British Dental Health Foundation advisor Louise Chidlow encouraged parents to promote good habits among their youngsters by finding ways to make the act of brushing more "fun".