A strong enamel translates to a strong teeth. The enamel layer protects the teeth from decay. Kids have high occurrence of tooth decay because of many reasons. We often think that chocolates and candies are the main reasons. Though it is true, there are other reasons also.
Here are five important ways to keep your kid’s tooth enamel pretty strong so that their teeth also remains strong forever.
- Regular Brushing and Flossing – Inculcate the habit of brushing their teeth twice before going to bed in the night and after getting up from bed in the morning. Also teach them how to floss and make it a habit. Make them floss once a day, preferably in the night, before going to bed. Make them rinse their mouth thoroughly.
- Create Awareness on Overbrushing – If your kid is brushing his teeth hard and fast, that can also be one of the reason why the enamel can wear out faster. Teach your kids about the gentle circular motion by which the teeth has to be brushed. Tell them the benefits of correct brushing techniques.
- Use Fluoridated Tooth Paste – Make them habituated to fluoridated tooth paste. They are a great way to ensure decay free teeth.
- Consume Food Rich in Calcium – The enamel coating is constantly removed by the acid produced by the plaque bacteria. Our body fights back naturally and gives the coating back by a process called remineralization. The enamel coating is of calcium and hence calcium has to be adequately present in our diet to compensate the loss. So give your children, food rich in calcium, like broccoli, certain greens, milk and other milk products.
- Avoid Sugary Junk Food – This is a bit challenging. Children love sugary items. Over consumption of sugary and fattening junk foods that have too much refined carbohydrates only adds to the problem of the teeth. Restrict the sweet consumption in children. Even if they consume sugary items, emphasize that they should immediately brush and rinse their mouth thoroughly. Exposing milk sugar (bottled milk) for longer time in children results in a condition called “Rampant Caries”. So after the child has finished drinking the milk, care should be taken to wipe the child’s tooth with a cloth soaked in water.