How can Children Who Brush Their Teeth Regularly Get Tooth Decay?

This is a question we are asked quite frequently here at Northcote Family Dental, and from parents who we know look after their children’s teeth. Tooth decay can be caused by poor oral hygiene, but other factors can increase the risk of cavities.

Some Children’s Teeth are Different

Researchers who have studied childhood tooth decay have discovered that some children have teeth with a thinner layer of protective enamel. This can occur if the parent’s diet was lacking in essential minerals before and during pregnancy. Often, the modern diet lacks fat-soluble vitamins A and D, as well as other essential vitamins like vitamin K2, vitamin C, and coenzyme Q 10. Vitamin D is often a concern as it helps the body to absorb calcium which is essential for healthy teeth. When the mum doesn’t have enough vitamin D in her diet, her child’s teeth will not form as strongly in the womb.

How We Can Help

When a child does have a cavity, it can be stressful for everyone concerned. However, we can provide specific dental treatments to help slow down the progression of tooth decay, for example, topical applications of fluoride or Tooth Mousse (a Milk protein) as a topical mineralising agent to help harden their tooth enamel. Also, we can look at other factors that may be influencing their risk of tooth decay such as diet.