Thank you for rejoining us this week as we continue our series, Effective Strategies for Strengthening a Child’s Teeth. Last week, you learned that it is important to ensure that all steps are taken that are possible when it comes to strengthening the teeth as it is not possible for the enamel to regenerate itself. Enamel simply does not possess the same regenerative cells that are present in the bones of the body. You also learned about a few of the food products and beverage items that a child may consume in order to reap the benefits of strong enamel.
This week, we will continue this series by expounding on a few more methods for strengthening your child’s teeth.
While it is not possible for enamel on the teeth to regenerate, it is possible for the enamel to undergo a strengthening process through the means of products that aid in remineralization. By far, the most popular and widely-used remineralization product is fluoride.
You should ensure that your home’s water source is fluorinated. You may also purchase over-the-counter fluoride drinking water for your child. Additionally, products such as toothpaste and mouthwash contain this mineral. Many parents talk to their child’s pediatric dentist about fluoride supplements and/or topical fluoride treatments.
Many of today’s products contain other ingredients that aid in the remineralization of teeth. These ingredients include calcium phosphate (ACP), casein phosphopeptide (CPP), and magnesium.
Proper Brushing Techniques
The next method to strengthening a child’s teeth is to ensure that they engage in the proper brushing techniques.
- Kids should be encouraged to brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush two to three times a day.
- The strokes should be short and the toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle.
- Kids should be provided with a timer and be encouraged to brush for an entire two minutes.
- All areas of the mouth should be brushed – including the tongue, the insides of the jaws, and the gum area. This helps to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria in these regions.
- Children should be taught how to properly floss in between their teeth and how to use mouthwash.
- Finally, kids should be encouraged to rinse their mouth with water immediately after eating and drinking – especially items that contain a lot of acid and/or sugar. This will help to reduce the amount of substances in the mouth that may weaken the enamel.
As you can see, there are several unique methods that may be used to aid in strengthening a child’s teeth. These include choosing appropriate foods and beverages for the child to consume, engaging in the process of remineralizing the teeth, and educating the child on how to properly brush, floss, and rinse.
Remember, once the enamel of the teeth is damaged, it is forever. It cannot be regenerated.