How to Protect Your Child’s Tooth Enamel

Even though it’s largely preventable by early examination, tooth decay, and orthodontic issues can quickly diminish the general health quality of infants, toddlers, and children. The tooth enamel is the hardest part of the tooth, with it being the viewable surface. Here are signs to look for if there are problems with your child’s tooth enamel, as well as steps you can take to protect it.

Sudden tooth sensitivity. The tooth’s surface can be susceptible to enamel loss and dental erosion, exposing the sensitive dentin. If your child is wincing when eating foods that are particularly warm or hot, then they may have problems with their enamel. Problems can also occur if they are eating acidic foods and drinks.

Protect Your Child’s Tooth Enamel

Make it a habit of rinsing after large meals. Drinking water or rinsing the mouth with tap water can help remove leftover foods that can decay, produce acid, and eat away at the enamel. It’s particularly important to rinse after eating sugary and starchy foods since it will ferment problematic bacteria.

Invest in a soft toothbrush. Your child is still developing their teeth – a soft toothbrush will suffice. Teach them the correct way to brush their teeth and their tongue.

It’s too early for whitening toothpaste. These types of toothpaste can have abrasive properties that will act like sandpaper to the young tooth. Toothpaste with fluoride help strengthens the enamel.

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