What do you know about children’s tooth decay?

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth that feed on sugars contained in food and drink. These bacteria convert sugars into acids that can damage the outer layer of the teeth known as enamel. Over time, this can cause teeth to weaken and form cavities.
Children may be more prone to tooth decay than adults, possibly because they often consume more free sugars than any other age group. That’s why it’s important that parents and kids know how to spot the signs that tooth decay may be present and how to lower risks by looking after their teeth & being aware of the part nutrition plays.
Tooth decay can even be a risk for babies who haven’t even started eating solid foods yet. Babies developing teeth are still vulnerable to bacteria, plaque and decay. Their protective enamel layer tends to be thinner and softer than an adult’s, sometimes making it more prone to damage. Allowing milk to stay in prolonged contact with a child’s teeth can encourage bacteria. You should start to brush your child’s teeth as soon as they appear, using a wet cloth or small children’s toothbrush. You can start to use low-fluoride children’s toothpaste from 18 months.
White bands close to the gum line can be an early sign of tooth decay. Yellow or brown bands can indicate that the disease is progressing, and darkened or discolored teeth suggest advanced tooth decay. White spots or flecks on the teeth may be caused by exposure to too much fluoride while the teeth were developing or they could be a side-effect of medication. To be sure it’s important to book an appointment with us so one of our dentists can check for you. It’s also important to book your children in for their routine 6 monthly checkups to stay on top of any decay that could be forming. If your child is due for a dental checkup please call our friendly team at Coomera Dental Centre 07 5580 4811.