The different ways of keeping your child’s teeth healthy and strong aren’t exactly secrets. However, it can be difficult to keep track of all of them on a consistent basis, and sometimes, brushing and flossing their teeth can seem like all that’s necessary. Today, we revisit a few not-so-secret tips for helping to safeguard your child’s smile by helping to make their teeth stronger, improving their chances of avoiding common problems like tooth decay and cavities.
If you help keep them cleaner
Brushing and flossing may be the simplest form of protecting your child’s teeth, but it’s also the foundation of their dental health, and its importance shouldn’t be ignored. Healthy teeth at any age grow weak most often due to exposure to oral bacteria and the substances they produce. For instance, certain bacteria form plaque and cling to teeth, releasing acids that systematically weaken their protective enamel. Helping your child consistently clean their teeth every day is the cornerstone of keeping them strong by eliminating the most consistent threat to their integrity.
If you help them feed their teeth properly
When you help your child keep their teeth clean every day, you help them protect their teeth by removing the threat of oral bacteria. However, these bacteria leave a lasting impact that your child’s teeth need to recover from, and that takes an ample supply of essential minerals and nutrients. Introducing healthier foods in their meals and more nutritious snacks throughout the day will help ensure that their teeth have the essential minerals and nutrients they need. Also, be sure your child uses toothpaste with fluoride, which can actively strengthen their enamel after it’s been weakened by oral bacteria.
If you watch out for bad dental habits
As much as you might try, you can’t eliminate every threat to your child’s teeth on your own. In fact, some threats can develop no matter how much effort you put into preventing them. For example, if your child exhibits a tendency to grind their teeth often, it may be due to a bruxism problem (a chronic teeth-grinding habit that can’t be controlled without help). If you notice your child grinding their teeth often, or chewing on things like pens and pencils often, then take steps to help them stop the habit and avoid exposing their teeth to unnecessary pressure.
Learn how to make your child’s teeth stronger
Helping your child keep their smile’s healthy means helping them keep their teeth strong and resilient, which you may find easier with these few tips. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.