While tooth enamel is remarkably strong, it can become damaged. For young children with eroded tooth enamel, this means that they are more susceptible to tooth decay and cavities. What’s more is that teeth may become discolored and sensitive, as they are repeatedly exposed to harmful bacteria and acids from soft drinks, juices and sports drinks, to name a few. Yet, the good news for parents is that there are ways to protect your child’s tooth enamel.
Though it’s been said time and time again, establishing a consistent routine of oral care is vitally important to the health of a child’s teeth. A healthy regimen includes brushing twice a day and flossing once. Doing so removes food debris and plaque before they settle on the surfaces of teeth. Equally important, however, is what a child is eating and drinking.
Generally, dentists recommend that children drink water over acidic sports drinks and other alternatives. Not only does water hydrate active children, it amps up the production of saliva, which is the body’s natural way to wash away bacteria in the mouth. Surprising to some, water is useful as a rinse following meals. For instance, parents may suggest that their children rinse with water after eating and spit it out. Though a simple measure, swishing with water helps remove excess foods and substances from teeth that might attack tooth enamel.
While good oral care at home and a balanced diet goes a long way in protecting your child’s teeth, perhaps the best way is to visit your child’s dentist regularly. When early dental care is established, children are more likely to commit to it as they grow older. In turn, early appointments provide opportunities to detect little problems before they become big problems.
Good Dental Habits Start Early
At Vital Smiles, we consider it a privilege to serve children from all communities and backgrounds. That’s because we understand that good dental habits start early. Is it time for your child to see a dentist? Call Vital Smiles today!
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