Dental health is directly related to overall health, which is why having a toddler with a healthy smile is so beneficial. This means that taking care of their baby teeth (even if they aren’t permanent) is important because they help children with speech development and pave the way for the adult teeth that will later erupt. As a parent, it isn’t a bad thing to take note of the changes occurring in your child’s mouth. More specifically, if you notice that your toddler’s teeth appear translucent, it’s important to learn why.

Weak Baby Teeth:

“Weak” baby teeth can result from a negative dental hygiene routine or even from behavior like chewing on hard objects. In fact, translucent teeth are a symptom for weak baby teeth and many times a genetic disorder can also play a factor into this.

If you seem to notice that your toddler’s teeth appear translucent in addition to any other symptoms such as chipping, decay or loss of teeth, your child may need to visit with a pediatric dentist to determine the root of what is causing the weakened baby teeth. Additionally, advice may be given to you by the dentist to try and prevent any further weakness of your child’s teeth.

Enamel:

In addition to weak baby teeth, your child’s enamel could be what is causing the teeth to look translucent. The enamel is the part of the tooth that is naturally more translucent or clear in color because of another part of the tooth known as the dentin, which is behind the enamel. Children usually have much less dentin in their teeth compared to adults and this is what causes the teeth look clearer.

Other factors:

There are other factors that can affect your child’s teeth causing them to look clear. An appointment with the dentist would be needed in order to properly determine and diagnose what other factors could be causing your child’s teeth to appear translucent.

Please Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry:

As a parent, if you notice that your toddler’s teeth look translucent, we encourage you to contact us. While there are different causes for the teeth to appear translucent, a diagnosis determined by our wonderful Dr. Konz would be the most appropriate. Please contact us at your earliest convenience for an appointment.