We know that most parents are meticulous when it comes to caring for their children’s teeth which is why it can be extremely distressing if your child develops tooth decay. But, tooth decay in kids can be caused by different reasons other than poor dental care.
A study discovered that children’s teeth develop differently and that children who have tooth decay could have tooth enamel that is thinner and less dense. These teeth, called hypoplastic teeth are less resistant to tooth decay, and this could be due to diet during pregnancy. Apparently, our modern diet has less fat-soluble vitamins A, K2 and D, and E, and coenzyme Q 10. These vitamins are essential for healthy tooth development. Also, more women over age 20 are lacking in calcium which is essential for building healthy teeth and bones. Another problem is that many so-called healthy foods have hidden sugars, so it is worth reading food labels.
When we see a child with good oral hygiene but who has cavities, we can analyse their diet, and if needed can make suggestions on how to make it more tooth friendly. Also, professional topical applications of fluoride may be useful.