3 Quick Ways to Reduce Enamel Erosion for Your Child’s Teeth
The enamel is a thin layer that prevents dental cavities from occurring. The first line of defense in helping your kids to avoid cavities is to teach them how to protect their enamel. Here are 3 preventative techniques.
#1: Important Dietary Changes
The best thing you can do to help your kids maintain tooth enamel is to swap out sugary drinks like soda, juice, and sweetened teas for more water. Water actually helps clean bacteria and food particles off of the teeth. Sweetened drinks just feed the bacteria that eats away at enamel.
It may also be necessary to cut back on your child’s citrus intake. Citrus fruits are not bad in themselves and contain many good vitamins. However, too much citrus fruit can be harsh on enamel as it causes demineralization.
Finally, add more foods to your child’s diet that contain calcium. Cheese makes a great snack. After water, milk is the next best drink for teeth. But dairy isn’t the only source of calcium. Foods and drinks like kale and almond milk are also high in calcium.
#2: Maintain a Good Dental Hygiene Schedule
Brushing and flossing daily to remove food particles and plaque can go a long way toward preserving tooth enamel for years to come. Teach your kids to brush after breakfast in the morning and before bed at night. This stops plaque from having the chance to harden into tartar. Flossing helps to maintain the enamel between the teeth.
#3: See Your Pediatric Dentist Every 6 Months
If tartar does form on the teeth, only a professional cleaning can remove it. Plus, regular checkups can help to identify enamel loss before it leads to cavities. This can encourage children to do a better job brushing and flossing so as to avoid future dental work.
At BRSH+FLSS, our philosophy is prevention. We hope these preventative techniques can help to maintain the tooth enamel of your children for years to come. Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists today by calling 619-741-1500. We can’t wait to help your kids maintain happy and healthy smiles on into adulthood!