- Fluoride is one of the safest and most effective ways to prevent cavities in children.
- Fluoride protects and seals teeth enamel from harmful acids in many foods and drinks. Too little or too much fluoride, however, can harm the growth and development of young teeth.
- It is important to be aware of your child’s fluoride intake to ensure they maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Excessive fluoride can lead to dental fluorosis, a disorder that causes discoloration in the teeth. The disorder is only a cosmetic issue and offers no adverse health effects.
- Many dental products and foods contain fluoride which in excess could start early fluorosis. These include fluoride supplements, too much fluoridated toothpaste, powdered concentrated and soy-based baby formula and other infant food products, as well as some drinks like teas and grape juices.
Talk to your pediatric dentist to ensure that your child is ingesting the right amount of fluoride.
- As your child gets older, he or she may play recreational sports and activities that pose potential troubles to their teeth.
- Mouth guards are the best way to protect your child’s teeth, jaw, tongue and face in contact or non-contact sports like baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse.
Consult your pediatric dentist to find out what options are available and what mouth guard will work right for you.
- Eating a wide range of healthy and nutritious foods can provide many benefits not only to the body, but also the teeth.
- Cavities are usually the source of a bad and unbalanced diet filled with too many sugary foods and drinks.
- Snacking too often often leads to cavities in children.
- Simply drinking water with a meal can help eliminate bacteria and prevent acidic foods from harming teeth.
- By incorporating calcium-rich foods like milks and cheeses, phosphorous from eggs and fish and Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables, your child will have the proper foundation to grow healthy and strong teeth.
- Toothpaste isn’t necessary until your child’s first tooth erupts.
- Start with a small toothbrush and small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice) and gradually use more as your child grows older and has more teeth.
- When your child is able to spit, add a pea-sized amount to the brush and help them scrub those pearly whites.
- Fluoridated toothpastes are okay for children to use, but be sure to monitor the amount of fluoride they ingest to prevent fluorosis.
- Training toothpastes, which don’t contain fluoride, are commonly used by parents to let their child practice brushing their teeth.