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Are “Soft Teeth” Fact or Fiction?

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Many people talk about how they or their children have “soft teeth” or that this is a problem that’s been passed down from parents or other family members. But is there really a condition that can make your children more vulnerable to dental cavities and tooth decay? The answer to this question is both yes and no!

What Parents Should Know About Soft Teeth

Most of the people (children included) who suffer from frequent cases of tooth decay or dental cavities actually have completely normal teeth! Their tooth enamel is just as healthy and as strong as everyone else’s. The most common cause of cavities and decay is improper oral hygiene and at-home dental habits. This means that most of the dental problems people attribute to “soft teeth” are actually entirely avoidable with proper dental hygiene.

The instances of people who suffer from weakened tooth enamel are quite low. However, there is a condition known as amelogenesis imperfecta, which causes the tooth enamel to be thin and improperly formed. The tooth enamel is often dark yellow or brown, uneven, and appears to be pitted in some areas. People suffering from amelogenesis imperfecta can experience an increased risk of dental cavities.

The best way to prevent dental cavities and tooth decay in young kids is by helping them practice good at-home oral hygiene early and often! Your child should also be visiting Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup.

For more information on how to maintain your child’s dental health or to make an appointment, please contact Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry in Parker, Colorado.

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