Top Questions about Children’s Dental Health

top questions about children's dental healthAs your child’s teeth are developing you may be wondering what you can do to help keep them strong and healthy. At Tooth Fairy Smiles, parents are always asking us questions about this. We have put together a list of top questions about children’s dental health we are commonly asked.

Does milk help make my child’s teeth stronger?

Drinking milk is one way you can contribute to making your child’s teeth stronger. A study published in the American Journal of Dentistry stated that the calcium found in cow’s milk was able to help re-harden enamel damaged by acidic drinks like soda. It also reported that some of the proteins in milk may also contribute to strengthening teeth.

How do sugary food and drinks harm my child’s teeth?

The bacteria in the mouth will feed on the sugar left behind on teeth from food and drinks. They will then make acids that soften and wear away at the enamel. Chewy, sticky candy, and foods will get stuck on teeth and cause damage. The acids in sodas also cause double damage to enamel. To avoid this offer healthy foods and snacks and avoid excessive amounts of juices and sodas. Water is the best healthy beverage choice.

Can my child brush his teeth too much?

You might think the more you brush, the better, right? Not always. Encourage your child to clean the recommended twice a day, but instruct him to avoid over brushing. He can wear down the enamel by brushing too hard and too fast. Show him to move a soft bristled toothbrush back and forth in short gentle strokes, one tooth at a time.

When is the best time to brush your teeth?

In the morning after breakfast and the evening at bedtime is recommended. You may want to wait an hour if possible after eating sweets or citrus fruits. Acidic foods can soften enamel and may make it easier for you to damage teeth.

Should my child use fluoride?

This is an often debated topic, however, the American Dental Association does recommend it. It is believed that fluoride strengthens the enamel and repairs early stages of tooth decay. Proponents argue that it will also create a protective coating on teeth to help them become more resistant to decay. The ADA recommends fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth appears and throughout your life. Rinsing with a mouthwash that has fluoride can also help prevent cavities and keep your enamel strong.

If you have any inquiries about these top questions about children’s dental health or any others, please do not hesitate to contact Tooth Fairy Smiles. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always on hand to answer all of your questions. Contact us today.