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. Hypo mineralization, 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 hypo mineralization has begun.
Tooth decay in children falls into distinct categories:
- Baby teeth versus adult teeth
- Anterior vs. posterior tooth patterns
- Contra-lateral tooth patterns
- Decay clustering
- Post-eruption susceptibility
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