Enamel is both a thin covering on teeth and the hardest tissue in the human body. It acts as armor against plaque and cavities. While there are many foods and habits that break down enamel, there are also things to protect it and keep it strong.
Follow these 4 steps to help keep tooth enamel strong for a healthier, happier smile!
1. Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks.
Bacteria forms out of sugars from foods and drinks dissolving the outer surface of tooth enamel. Add candies, cookies, sodas and sweets alike to the special occasion only list. Highly acidic snacks and drinks are also foods to eat in small doses. This doesn’t mean you have to completely restrict these items from kids. Teach them to rinse with tap water after eating sweets to reduce the chance of bacteria forming.
2. Eat Foods That Protect Enamel
Not all foods and drinks are damaging to enamel. Calcium-rich foods like yogurt or cheese actually protect the enamel and promote healthy teeth. Some other enamel strengtheners include kiwi, snap peas and sugarless chewing gum. Switching to these types of snacks are good for their overall health as well.
3. Avoid Over-Brushing
While it’s very important to brush and floss regularly, be sure to not over-brush the teeth. Follow these steps on how to brush children’s teeth. Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush in a back-and-forth gentle motion with short strokes. Take the time to teach your children to adopt the habit of brushing while also showing them proper technique. There are videos online to help show your kids what proper brushing looks like, as well. It might be a frustrating and lengthy process at first, but the earlier you start teaching your kids how to brush, the more likely they will keep good oral health habits.
4. Rinse after Meals
Rinsing after each meal helps remove leftover food particles. This month, in celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month, choose tap water to rinse teeth for a sparkling smile. Plain water is the best option for kids’ beverages.
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