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|Childhood, when permanentteeth began to
grow, is the best time to teach youngsters goodhygiene habits and how to make wise
nutritional choices. By learning how to prevent
compromising the enamel, the hard substance that
covers teeth, children can minimize and perhaps
prevent the dental problems that plague manys.
To this day, there is disagreement in the dental
community about the precise cause of tooth decay.
The most widely accepted theory is that decay is a
local phenomenon (contained to the area of the
mouth), caused when mouth bacteria consume sugar
and excrete acid, which begins to decay enamel.
Some studies have demonstrated that certain foods,
medical conditions, and bacteria can initiate
decay; other studiesert that, although those
factors may start the decay process, they do not
contribute the formation of cavities.
Pediatric tooth decay is on the rise. Some
research suggests that systemic causes—including
radiation exposure, hormonal abnormalities, and
foreign proteins in food—are to blame.
Hypomineralization, caused mainly by a diet
inadequate in minerals, increases a child’s
susceptibility to decay. The systemic theory of
decay suggests that other factors become relevant
only after hypomineralization has begun.
Tooth decay in children falls into distinct
• Baby teeth versusteeth
• Anterior (front) vs. posterior (back) tooth
• Contra-lateral tooth patterns
• Decay clustering
• Post-eruption susceptibility
The Center for Systemic Dentistry works to address
pediatric dental problems at the earliest stages,
remedying the problem and preventing further
dental or systemic damage later in your child’s
life. Located in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, we
are committed to being the state’s leading dental
practice that focuses on holistic, healing-focused
dentistry. Dr. Philip Memoli and his staff are
ready to repair the damage caused by childhood
dental problems and ensure that our pediatric
patients are committed to maintaining healthy
teeth as they grow. Call us today at (908)
464-9144 or contact us via our online contact