Children's teeth are very sensitive. The enamel on their teeth is soft and thinner as compared to the hard coating on adult teeth. If sugars from food and milk are not properly washed or brushed away, the acid-producing bacteria attack the enamel and cause tooth decay. The acid is produced by bacteria that breakdown the sugars from the food. However, this acid can also cause the erosion of enamel, leading to higher risks of tooth decay and other mouth infections in children.
Often, it is the upper layer and front teeth that are most affected by early childhood caries. Children's teeth become week and start to chip off at the edges or become black. Early childhood tooth decay can start as early as the appearance of the first tooth.
Here are some of the signs of early childhood tooth decay or caries that will help you detect the infectious disease in your child's mouth.
White Spots on Gum Line
The first sign of early childhood tooth decay is the appearance of dull white spots or bands on the gum line of toddlers. Most parents are unable to detect these early signs of tooth decay because the spots or bands are very light and hard to see with the naked eye. Even dentists and pediatricians use special equipment to see these barely visible signs of tooth decay. However, if the decay is prevented at this stage, the child can have healthy baby teeth.
Yellow, Brown or Black Bands on Gum Line
This is the second stage of tooth decay in toddlers. A yellow, brown, or black colored band is formed on the gum line of upper frontal teeth. Even though it is a thin and light line, it can be noticed and looks unpleasant. This band is an indication that your child's tooth decay is progressing. Your child's teeth will become more sensitive, and eating food that is too cold, too hard, or too sweet will result in pain.
Brown or Black Tooth
The advanced stage of early childhood tooth decay is denoted by brown or black spots on teeth. At this point, the affected teeth will have holes in them, chip off at the edges, and have large, visible, brown, and black spots. In severe conditions, it may even lead to the premature falling of the tooth. The advanced stage of tooth decay is irreversible. You can only hope that after the milk teeth fall off, the adult teeth that replace them are healthier.
Before your child's early childhood tooth decay reaches an advanced stage, take precautions to prevent tooth caries. Visit and consult Dr. Melanie Fulton and Dr. Meghan Hungerford for treatments that can help restore your child's beautiful, toothy grin.
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