Posted by: Leah | 2008/06/06


kids' teeth

Hi Dentist, tell me why are children's teeth so soft and sensitive? I try so hard to look after my little girl's gnashers and still they have the odd spot of decay. She is 5. I have also noticed that very many young children have tooth decay, in fact some have brown stumps in the mouth! Are milk teeth particularly vulnerable to tooth decay? Why is it so hard to take care of them? Should I brush her teeth more often than twice a day? What are your suggestions for parents of small kids? Its wierd cos my parents never really insisted on good oral hygiene and dental practices when i was growing up yet I have lovely teeth. Not sure what my milk teeth were like but i forever get compliments on my straight and white permanent teeth. What is the formula for success as I would also like my daughter to get these compliments!


Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

Milk teeth are not especially vulnerable to decay as such.
The most common cause of decay in children is caused by the nursing bottle. Fluids (milk/juice) in the bottle settle on the chil'd teeth and cause decay rapidly.
diet also plays a major role- sugary foods, snacks, cereals are a MAJOR cause of decay.

If you maintain a good healthydiet, CORRECT oral hygiene procedures and regular dental visits your child should have healthy teeth.
Dental visits should start early in a child's life- aroun 18months to 2 years

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