As an adult, it’s easy to forget what it’s like when your body is still growing and developing. We have to work to maintain our health, but children need more than general health and dental maintenance. Their bones are growing, and their teeth are appearing and falling out. There are many variables when it comes to brand new body parts. Tooth enamel is no exception. Children’s tooth enamel is vulnerable to a lot of attacks you have to help fight against.
Keep Your Child’s Tooth Enamel Strong
As you know, sugar is the enemy of healthy teeth. Avoid candy, sports drinks, and other sugar-filled snacks. Replace them with some enamel-friendly foods. Milk, yogurt, and cheese do all sorts of work for dental hygiene.
First, these foods raise the pH in your child’s mouth, which reduces the risk of tooth decay that acids cause. The calcium works to provide further protection from any lingering acid by mixing with plaque and sticking to teeth. The calcium can even repair already damaged enamel. This is a miracle for parents who are learning about enamel health when they’re afraid it’s a little too late.
More enamel-strengthening foods include seeds and nuts. The healthy fats found in them coat and protect teeth from bacteria while the oils strengthen enamel.
Fluoride has earned its fame in the dental industry
Does it feel like your child’s dentist along with every toothpaste commercial has to mention and emphasize the use of fluoride? It’s no coincidence. Fluoride is crucial in maintaining good oral health.
Fluoride strengthens children’s teeth, which allows them to resist the breakdown effects caused by plaque and sugar. As you may have guessed, it can even repair enamel after it has broken down. Exposure to adequate amounts of fluoride is so important for children under the age of six while their adult teeth are forming.
Grinding teeth is a death wish for enamel
Very few people choose to grind their teeth—especially while they’re sleeping. However, it is a pretty common occurrence, and it causes serious damage to tooth enamel. Most children will grow out of the habit, but not before it has done damage to their teeth.
Visit your child’s dentist to get a proper-fitting mouth guard for night time. Some doctors believe mouth guards cause more harm than good, but you and your child’s dentist know him or her best. Together, you can make an informed decision about the solution.
Dental sealants can restore protection to teeth without enamel
If your child’s tooth enamel is damaged beyond natural repair or he or she was born without enamel to protect the teeth, a dental sealant could be helpful. Application of dental sealant is a quick and painless procedure that can go a long way in protecting your child’s teeth from tooth decay and other long-term oral health problems. The dental sealants procedure can usually be done right in your pediatric dentist’s office.
Learn More Ways to Protect Your Child’s Tooth Enamel
Contact Children’s Dental Care and Orthodontics, so our doctors can make sure your children’s teeth are on track to be strong throughout their lifetime. We want to help you make the best decisions possible for the care of your child’s tooth enamel.