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Is rotting of tooth caused due to prolonged jaundice in babies?

hi my son is 20 months old he has been suffering from jaundice form about 14 months and has a liver discese with phfc1 . over the last two days i have seen that his front two milk baby teeth have started to roiting away can this be an side effecf or what can it be
Tue, 31 May 2016
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I can understand your concern. Jaundice and liver problems can cause increased level of bilirubin in blood which is called hyperbilirubinemia. This can cause developmental problems in teeth and the teeth may appear malformed, stained and prone to decay.

If the teeth seems decayed, you should consult the dentist for determining the extent of the caries and deciding treatment so that further decay can be stopped. Deciduous or milk teeth stay in mouth till the age of 12 years, the front teeth till 9 years so taking care of them is necessary for proper eruption of permanent teeth and decreasing chances of pain and discomfort to the child.

In addition, you should expect some more teeth erupting with the same problems depending on the stage of development of teeth when the jaundice has struck in. As the jaundice will be cured, the effect on erupting teeth will stop and the permanent teeth will erupt fine.

I would still advise to consult dentist twice a year at least so that the eruption and effects on teeth can be followed up by dentist in colloboration with the pediatrician treating for jaundice.

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