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What are the White Spots on my Babies’ Teeth?

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As a parent, your world revolves around your child’s happiness. You want to ensure that they are happy and healthy, so you feed them a nutrient rich diet and keep a close check on their physical and mental well-being. If you happen to notice little white patches on your child teeth, you probably must be wondering, how did this happen?

White spots on teeth are an early sign of tooth decay, and though it is not uncommon among children, it definitely needs your attention. Read on to find out what causes these white spots and what you can do about them.

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1.Early sign of tooth decay and cavities:

Chalky white spots on teeth of your baby are a sign of tooth decay. As a parent, tooth decay in your child might set off an alarm that gets you worried, but now is the time to improve their oral care practices and visit the dentist as soon as possible.

The chalky white spots can turn pale and eventually yellow if the decay is not stopped at the curb. Fortunately, with proper oral hygiene and topical fluoride treatment, the decay is reversible.  Fluoride helps strengthen the teeth’s enamel and also guards against further tooth decay. Visit your paediatric dentist soon to start remedial measures.

2.Enamel Fluorosis:

Too much of something can’t be good. Excessive intake of fluoride can lead to appearance of white streaks on the teeth, which is called Fluorosis. Fluorosis is most common among children below the age of 8 years, when the teeth are still forming under the gums. Do not be mistaken, fluoride is safe and beneficial for your child, but it is important to know the right amount to use.

According to the American Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children less than 3 years of age need no more than a rice grain- size amount of fluoride toothpaste, and for children aged 3-6, a pea sized amount is enough.

You must also ensure that your child does not swallow toothpaste and does not use fluoride supplements or mouth washes unless specified by the dentist.

3.Enamel Hypoplasia:

Enamel Hypoplasia results in weak or thin enamel causing the teeth to wear off easily. Physical symptoms include white, yellowish spots and grooves in the teeth. Speak to the paediatric dentist as soon as you spot the first signs.


So here you have it moms and dads, these causes of white spots on child’s teeth are treatable with the right assessment and timely intervention. Schedule an appointment with a child dentist to ensure your child’s long term oral well-being.


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