Tips to Protect Tooth Enamel

Fort Worth kids dentistDental 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!

Brushing Up on Hygiene Basics

pediatric dentist Tarrant CountyTeeth begin to form while the fetus is still in the womb. Once born, teeth don’t begin to erupt until the baby has reached four to six months. During childhood, primary teeth will number 24. Starting around age six, those first teeth will fall out making way for the 36 permanent teeth that will serve for the remainder of life. Your kid’s dentist should first be seen around the age of twelve months.

An early introduction to pediatric dentistry serves multiple functions:

That appointment at one year allows for an early exam. This is also a perfect opportunity for parents to learn what is needed to safeguard their child’s teeth as they grow.

Repeated visits to the kid’s dentist allow the child to become acclimated to the sounds, smells, and activities of a dental office. If a child’s first dental visit is due to a problem, subsequent dental visits might be very traumatic for everyone involved.

Regular dental checks bring awareness to potential dental problems that might have been allowed to escalate into major issues if left unchecked.

Hygiene basics change as your baby grows. When teeth first begin to emerge, wiping them with a clean, soft cloth is sufficient. As more teeth come in, and your baby is eating solid foods, brushing teeth with an age appropriate brush and toothpaste should commence. A very small amount of paste is needed, and since your child is likely to swallow it, make sure it is safe. Never use your own tooth paste for your child.

Your child will lack the coordination to brush correctly for some time, so let them watch you brush and floss encouraging them to copy what you do. Even when you think they are ready to brush on their own, they will require supervision for years to make sure they are caring for their teeth correctly and consistently.

Dental decay and gum disease often are the result of neglect. Coupled with a diet loaded with sugary snacks and beverages, the result could be rampant decay. And don’t be fooled into thinking that since baby teeth are going to fall out, they don’t matter. They are laying the groundwork for permanent teeth, and their care is critical.

Daily brushing and flossing and visiting the dentist every six months … these actions could mean healthy teeth and gums for life. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our caring team!