My daughter just got her first two teeth in. I’m a little concerned because both of them have white spots on them. I’ve always heard white spots are bad. I can’t imagine why she has them because they just came in. Do I need to have her see a pediatric dentist?
You’re correct that white spots on teeth are an indication of a problem. While there can be a few reasons for white spots, the two biggest are fluorosis and decalcification.
Fluorosis occurs when children intake too much fluoride while their teeth are developing. That could be from them getting their hands on the tube of toothpaste and sucking on it. Your daughter is likely mobile and could be sneaking in there when you’re unsuspecting.
Once I heard of a mother who was mistakenly feeding her child fluoride that she had been prescribed thinking it would prevent problems with decay in her young son. The right amount of fluoride is great for teeth, even developing teeth, and is important. Too much can cause problems.
Decalcification on Teeth
Decalcification is essentially early decay. Those white spots can be an indicator decay is developing. If that’s what is going on it will mean she will soon have decay on her teeth.
This is highly unusual in children. It’s important you get her in to see a pediatric dentist soon to ensure her teeth are developing normally. The earlier a problem is detected the better the opportunity for it to be corrected.
When Should Children First See a Pediatric Dentist?
It’s recommended that children first see a dentist when their teeth first erupt. This isn’t like an adult appointment. There are no x-rays, etc. It’s just a visit for the dentist to get a look and make sure everything is developing properly. It also introduces your child to the office and allows them to meet the pediatric dentist and see all the cool tools we get to work with.
What you don’t want is to ignore this and all of a sudden have an emergency dental situation on your hands.
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