While it is true that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, it is also constantly under attack and because of this is actually quite vulnerable. Sugars, acid, and other external forces work to wear away the tooth enamel, leaving the teeth susceptible to decay and other dental issues. Making sure your child is drinking plenty of water to help rinse out the mouth will help to keep their mouth clean and also give their enamel a break from sugary liquids. Brushing twice daily is also recommended as well as flossing once daily.
Baby teeth sort of act like placeholders for adult teeth. If baby teeth become damaged or are lost too early, issues with the adult bite could develop later down the road. Issues such as misaligned or crowded teeth could result from issues with baby teeth.
Healthy diets that involve lots of fruits and vegetables could help your child maintain a healthy smile. Foods that are high in nutrients and fiber help to actually scrub the teeth clean as your child chews. Nutrients like calcium and magnesium can help to strengthen your child’s tooth enamel.
Baby teeth that are lost before age 6 may be an early sign of dental issues in your child. Typically, children lose their first tooth around age 6 and will continue losing teeth until around age 12. Schedule a visit with your dentist if your child loses their baby teeth before age 6.
We recommend that you find a dental home for your child by the time they are one-year-old. This will allow you to begin to build a dental plan that will best benefit your child. It also is helpful in getting your child acquainted with visiting the dentist. This can help you to avoid any fear or uncooperative behavior down the road.