As a parent, it is important that you help your children take care of their dental health. Encouraging important dental habits like brushing and flushing daily can help promote oral health. Parents should understand some basics of oral health like the importance of enamel.
Enamel is the outmost layer of your teeth and is the strongest tissue in your body. It is actually stronger than bone and it is designed to protect your teeth from bacteria, physical damage, and chemical damage from acids and sugars. Your enamel can be eroded over time, and unfortunately, it does not repair itself. You can regrow enamel which is why protecting it is so important. Without your enamel, you are more susceptible to tooth decay and staining on your teeth.
The most common cause of enamel erosion is your diet. Certain foods are much more dangerous for your teeth and can destroy your enamel quickly. These include acidic foods and beverages like sodas and sugary foods like candies. But even excess vitamin C from citrus fruits can cause enamel erosion. Aside from foods, there are other causes of enamel erosion. Teeth grinding can cause enamel erosion at the point of contact. Certain medications can also cause erosion. A lack of saliva or gastroesophageal reflux disease will also cause deterioration.
There are many associated symptoms with enamel damage. They include increased sensitivity to temperatures or textures, cracks & chips, discoloration, and indents on your child’s teeth. If your child notices any of these issues, you should consider speaking with a dentist to get recommendations to combat enamel damage. Because enamel does not regenerate, it is important to act proactively and work to avoid damage.
The primary ways to avoid enamel erosion are to brush and floss your teeth daily, limit intake of sugary and acidic foods, brush after drinking/eating those foods, and to visit your dentist for a regular cleaning 1-2 a year. If the damage becomes severe your dentist can use crowns or veneers to protect you or your child’s teeth after the enamel is gone.
To get your child or teen scheduled for a regular dental visit or a special treatment, contact the All Pro Dental team online to set up an appointment, or call us at (781)853-0111. Our team would be happy to help you and your kids with their dental needs.