Is there really a dental condition known as “soft teeth?” Well, yes… and no. We hear this a lot from patients who get frequent cavities. For most people, their teeth are perfectly normal in hardness or strength of enamel. Cavities are usually caused by poor dental habits.
That said, there is a rare dental condition that affects a very small percentage of the population. It shows up as a defect in the amount of enamel or in how the enamel matures. There can also be links to genetic factors in this condition. At Freeport Dental a thorough dental exam and x-rays are taken to properly diagnose the concern.
Actually, a “soft tooth” is not a recognized medical or dental term. Many parents don’t realize that tooth decay is infectious and caused by bacteria in the mouth. It’s not unusual for cavities to form in babies or young children by the transfer of saliva from mom when not followed by effective dental hygiene. Severe tooth decay can also form in infants when put to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Decay easily affects tiny teeth as soon as they appear.
Dental restorations are not permanent and need to be replaced from time to time. The best course of action is to prevent the decay from starting.
Tips for good family dental health:
• Start regular dental exams no later than six months after baby’s first tooth appears.
• Check your baby’s teeth regularly.
• Older children and adults should brush twice a day, floss once a day and eat healthy.
• Try to limit sugary and starchy foods because bacteria thrive in a diet high on carbohydrates.
Our priority at Freeport Dental is to deliver quality dental care in a comfortable, caring environment. We want to listen to your concerns and develop a long-term plan of dental health for you and your family that will last a lifetime.