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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids
Tooth decay in all teeth
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!
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!
Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati