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Signs of tooth decay in toddlers? Is there any sure way to check for tooth decay on toddlers who are two years old? I check for black or brown lines or spots, but never see any. Are there other signs I should be checking for? I check twice a day when we b

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Dr. Gary Chapman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: See your dentist

Many cavities occur between the teeth out of sight.
Your dentist will take radiographs to check these hidden areas for decay. The american dental association recommends a dental check up for kids at age 2, or sooner if you suspect anything, and every 6 months thereafter. You will then not have to worry.

In brief: See your dentist

Many cavities occur between the teeth out of sight.
Your dentist will take radiographs to check these hidden areas for decay. The american dental association recommends a dental check up for kids at age 2, or sooner if you suspect anything, and every 6 months thereafter. You will then not have to worry.
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
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In brief: Prevention

Prevention is the best thing you can do.
It is great that you are serious about brushing, kep it up. Diet is important. Minimize sugars in foods and drinks. No juice or juice drinks in a sippy cup, just water. Juice only at mealtime. There are xylitol candies made for kids, great tasting and protects from decay by decreasing bacteria. Now is a great time for first dental check up.

In brief: Prevention

Prevention is the best thing you can do.
It is great that you are serious about brushing, kep it up. Diet is important. Minimize sugars in foods and drinks. No juice or juice drinks in a sippy cup, just water. Juice only at mealtime. There are xylitol candies made for kids, great tasting and protects from decay by decreasing bacteria. Now is a great time for first dental check up.
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Dr. John Rohm
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Infant decay

The decay on baby teeth can be hidden until a tooth breaks.
It really takes a trained eye to see the discolorations present under the surface of the tooth. If the child is holding there face inappropriately especially when eating sweet or cold things. If you are that concerned take the infant with you while you're getting an exam, maybe they'll let the dentist look.

In brief: Infant decay

The decay on baby teeth can be hidden until a tooth breaks.
It really takes a trained eye to see the discolorations present under the surface of the tooth. If the child is holding there face inappropriately especially when eating sweet or cold things. If you are that concerned take the infant with you while you're getting an exam, maybe they'll let the dentist look.
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Dr. Zev Kaufman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: As

As a parent and dentist, I am very happy to hear that you are taking your child's oral health very seriously.
Baby teeth are milky white in color and should have very little stains. Black/brown stains can indicate a problem. The best way to check and make sure that there are no problems is by taking your child to a pediatric dentist. The pediatric dentist has special training in handling your child and give him/her a great dental experience that will last a lifetime. In addition, proper x-rays will also help tell if there are any problems between the teeth. It is great that you check and are vigilant at home, but you should also have your child benefit from a visit to a professional. Best of luck, dr. Zev kaufman.

In brief: As

As a parent and dentist, I am very happy to hear that you are taking your child's oral health very seriously.
Baby teeth are milky white in color and should have very little stains. Black/brown stains can indicate a problem. The best way to check and make sure that there are no problems is by taking your child to a pediatric dentist. The pediatric dentist has special training in handling your child and give him/her a great dental experience that will last a lifetime. In addition, proper x-rays will also help tell if there are any problems between the teeth. It is great that you check and are vigilant at home, but you should also have your child benefit from a visit to a professional. Best of luck, dr. Zev kaufman.
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Dr. Leonard Tau
Dentistry

In brief: If

If you are checking for black spots, brown spots or anything unusual you are ahead of the game.
Lots of parents do not check for things. There is nothing else you can do other than keep checking, brush the teeth twice a day as well as limit the amount of sweets and juice your child consumes. Regular trips to the dentist help as well as Fluoride pills and treatment.

In brief: If

If you are checking for black spots, brown spots or anything unusual you are ahead of the game.
Lots of parents do not check for things. There is nothing else you can do other than keep checking, brush the teeth twice a day as well as limit the amount of sweets and juice your child consumes. Regular trips to the dentist help as well as Fluoride pills and treatment.
Dr. Leonard Tau
Dr. Leonard Tau
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