Why Toothbrushing Alone Might Not Prevent Cavities in Kids

Even children who brush and floss regularly can still develop cavities. Not surprisingly, this is upsetting for them and for their parents who will frequently feel they are to blame. In fact, the reasons why some children have tooth decay are often a little more complicated.

Usually, children’s teeth are covered with a reasonably thick layer of protective tooth enamel. However, studies have shown that some children have a thinner layer of tooth enamel which isn’t so resistant to decay, increasing the risk of cavities. Children’s milk teeth develop while they are still in the womb and it’s thought that hypoplastic teeth which have this thin layer of tooth enamel are due in part to the parent’s diet before conception and during pregnancy.

For milk teeth to develop normally, they need plenty of absorbable minerals. Unfortunately, modern diets often lack the fat-soluble vitamins that allow the body to absorb minerals. These vitamins include vitamin A, D, K2, and vitamin E, as well as coenzyme Q10. Also, women will often have a diet lacking in calcium, another mineral that is essential for healthy strong teeth.

If your child is more prone to cavities, excellent professional dental care can help considerably. We can tailor their treatment to reduce their risk and to protect their teeth.