Dental enamel is the protective coating on teeth. It is very hard, but not invincible. If dental enamel is breached, bacteria can penetrate resulting in dental decay. But your kid’s dentist has solutions that will enable your child’s teeth to remain strong and free from cavities with the proper care and attention as they grow.
Fluoride – Most city water supplies add fluoride to their water. However, many people rely on bottled water resulting in a lack of this essential component to protect dental enamel. But your child’s pediatric dentist can provide fluoride treatments during dental visits to supplant what you or your child may be lacking due to water drinking habits.
Sealants – Teeth that have remained decay free are eligible for this protective coating that is applied during a dental check-up. A sealant is painted onto the chewing surfaces of teeth. It flows into the nooks and crannies that naturally appear on teeth filling in the areas where bacteria might normally gather and grow penetrating dental enamel to create decay.
In addition to having teeth thoroughly cleaned and polished every six months at the hand of your kid’s dentist, there are actions your child can take daily to boost their own dental health.
Brushing – Using a fluoridated tooth paste, dental enamel will be as protected as possible when properly brushed at least twice daily. Another tool for your child is an electronic tooth brush. As your child guides the brush to reach all teeth, the bristles’ action provides a more thorough cleaning than you can get from a manual tooth brush. Another positive aspect of an electronic brush is that they have a timer that sends a signal at two minutes which might encourage your child to brush longer and more thoroughly.
Flossing – Food debris can settle on teeth and is best removed using dental floss. There are many styles of floss as well as different flavors. Flossing also stimulates gum tissue promoting better dental health.
Diet – Sugary snacks and beverages should be reserved for special occasions, not for daily consumption. This includes soft drinks as the acids from carbonation can damage dental enamel.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are ideal snack choices and are integral to a healthy diet. More kid friendly snacks include popcorn, nuts, and sugar free treats. Dairy products like yogurt, cheese, and milk are healthy options for dental enamel too.
If you have more questions about your child’s dental health, don’t hesitate to call our team at Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry!