In the United States, 9 out of 10 pediatric dentists report seeing signs of acid erosion in their patients.
Early intervention is key because:
- Baby teeth have thinner and softer enamel than adult teeth
- Children's eating habits can make their enamel more vulnerable to acid erosion
- Permanent teeth can be at most risk of acid erosion as soon as they appear
- Acid erosion is irreversible
Children often eat a wide variety of acidic foods, including soft drinks, ketchup and even healthy foods such as fruits and fruit juices. It's important to make sure that children's permanent teeth, which come through mostly between the ages of 6 and 12, stay strong and healthy.