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Dental and Oral Health (Children)

Tooth decay in all teeth

12/11/2008

Question:

My grandson is 13 mos old and has 16 teeth which are starting to decay. His parents brush his teeth 1x a day at night before bed. He has reflux. Could the acid reflux be the reason his teeth are decaying? We`re thinking that when the liquid comes up into his mouth before he actually falls asleep, that may leave a residue on his teeth. Thanks!

Answer:

Thanks for the question. Reflux can absolutely be a contributing (even major factor) for some children because the constant acidic environment can dissolve/demineralize teeth. I suggest that your grandson see a dentist for an evaluation and treatment, which may include full coverage (baby crowns) to protect the teeth. Also, managing the reflux with appropriate diet and oral hygiene will be vitally important. Hope this helps!

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Response by:

Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University