Chipped teeth are not uncommon since many things can cause a tooth to chip. More often than not, a chipped tooth can result from an accident or damage to the tooth. However, if your toddler’s teeth are chipping frequently, this could be an indication that your child has “weak” baby teeth.

What are “weak” baby teeth?

Weak baby teeth don’t always appear the same. Sometimes weak baby teeth my look brown, gray, speckled, translucent, or may be loose or chip much too easily. Any of these symptoms

What causes my child’s teeth to chip?

Excessive chipping, a sign of weak baby teeth, may be a result of grinding the teeth at night or chewing on hard surfaces or objects.

What you can do to prevent chipping:

Grinding the teeth can create wear on both the lower and top teeth, which would cause the teeth to be much weaker. If your child grinds their teeth frequently, it would be best to speak with a dental professional to find ways to prevent additional wear on the baby teeth. On the other hand, if your child seems to chew or bite on hard surfaces or hard objects, these are also not beneficial for your child’s teeth. What you can do is try to find soft, dental friendly teethers. Please contact the dentist for any suggestions on safe teethers.

As always, strong teeth start from good a healthy oral hygiene routine! Make sure that your child’s teeth are brushed at least twice a day (once in the morning and once before bed) and that a regular flossing routine is maintained. By keeping up with these two tasks alone can be a great start for a healthy mouth and strong teeth.

Please Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry:

If you notice that your child’s teeth seem to be excessively chipping, please contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Konz. It would be beneficial for your child to receive a dental exam to try and pinpoint what exactly may be causing your child’s teeth to chip. We also encourage you to bring any questions or concerns with you to this appointment.