Does a 13 month old need to go to the dentist? I stopped breastfeeding my son in January. I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. I am noticing that he has white spots on his teeth. It can’t be related to anything thing that I am feeding him because I am making sure he has a clean, sugar-free diet. Is this normal or is it a reason to take him to a pediatric dentist for a checkup? I thought I would take him at 2 yrs old, but if he needs to go now I will find a dentist. Nadia
Nadia – White spots on teeth are usually a sign of decalcification, or tooth decay. Decalcification is caused by mineral deficiency in teeth, which causes them to weaken and decay. Your son may not have cavities yet, but if his teeth are left untreated, cavities can develop. A pediatric dentist may use fluoride treatments to strengthen the tooth and prevent decay.
Decalcification is not common in small children. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene as soon as teeth erupt. You can thoroughly clean your son’s teeth with a moist, soft cloth. This cleaning process substitutes for brushing his teeth—it’s too early to do that.
It’s not too soon to see a dentist, though. The American Academy of Pediatric dentistry recommends a dental visit as soon as the first tooth erupts. Early examination can detect potential problems, ensure teeth are erupting probably, and provide an opportunity for early intervention.
If your pediatric dentist isn’t able to find out the cause of the white spots, he or she will work with your son’s pediatrician to find the cause. Find an experienced pediatric dentist and schedule an appointment for your son as soon as possible.
This post is sponsored by Naperville Dental Specialists.