We have had some parents in our office talk about or ask about soft teeth. A condition that is regarded to have been passed from parents or other family members. So, is there really a condition that can cause your children to inherit tooth decay and dental cavities? The answer is both yes and no!
Most of the children and adults who suffer from frequent tooth decay and dental cavities actually have totally normal teeth. The enamel is just as developed and strong as everyone else. The fact is, the most common cause of tooth decay and dental cavities are bad at-home oral hygiene habits. This means that the dental problems are avoidable with good dental hygiene habits and visiting the dentist.
While ‘soft teeth’ may be a myth, there is a condition called amelogenesis imperfecta. This condition can cause the tooth enamel to be improperly formed or too thin. This can cause the tooth enamel to appear uneven, brown, and even pitted. Those who suffer from amelogenesis imperfecta can experience a higher vulnerability to dental cavities and decay, especially if the diet consists of acidic drinks or food.
Children with normal teeth will usually develop cavities as a result of having bacteria and plaque buildup on the teeth. The best way for anyone, including children, to avoid dental problems and disease is to practice good at-home oral hygiene. This includes brushing at least twice a day, flossing every day, and visiting the dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.
To schedule an appointment for your child to receive a pediatric dental exam, please contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry. Our Greensboro, North Carolina pediatric dental office is passionate about keeping children’s teeth healthy.