Help Your Child to Protect Tooth Enamel
Tooth enamel protects a tooth from decay. That means protecting tooth enamel is the first step in preventing cavities. This requires defending enamel from the bacteria that causes plaque and hardens into tartar. How can you teach your children to treat tooth enamel right?
Ways to Keep Tooth Enamel Strong
Here are some things to make a part of your child’s lifestyle from a very young age.
- Maintain a good oral care routine. That means brushing and flossing daily.
- Fluoride toothpaste helps keep enamel strong. Look for brands that are ADA approved to ensure your child is using the best toothpaste available.
- Have a calcium rich diet. When your child eats foods and drinks beverages that are high in calcium, such as dairy products, enamel is protected and the jawbone is kept strong as well.
- Rinse after eating. If a toothbrush isn’t handy, teach your child to swish around some water for 30 seconds after a meal. This will at least help to keep bacteria from settling in until the next time proper brushing can take place.
There are also a couple of things to avoid.
- Foods with a high sugar content feed bacteria and weaken enamel. Substitute cola with water, and swap out sugary snacks for healthier options.
- Keep citrus in its place. Fruits like oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruit are good for you, but the acid can erode tooth enamel in high doses. Don’t brush right after citrus. Also, utilize the rinsing tip above so the acid doesn’t stay on your child’s teeth.
By applying these simple steps, your child will develop habits that will result in stronger tooth enamel and fewer cavities. At BRSH+FLSS, we’re all about prevention and keeping your child’s mouth healthy thus giving your child the best chance to stay cavity-free! We are happy to discuss a healthy diet and topics such as oral hygiene and fluoride in detail during your visit. To learn more about how to protect your child from enamel loss, call us at 619-741-1500 and set up an appointment.