Posted December 29, 2015.
Have you heard that only children are at risk of tooth decay? In reality, anyone can have tooth decay—though your children are generally more vulnerable than adults are. In fact, tooth decay is 400% more common than asthma between the ages of fourteen and seventeen. Similarly, 25% of children between one and four have some type of tooth decay while approximately 60% of individuals between twelve and nineteen do.
Tooth decay starts with your enamel, which is the hard outer layer of your teeth. When you eat, your enamel is worn away. Fortunately, your enamel will remineralize, or rebuild itself. On a related note, please do not brush your teeth for at least thirty minutes after you eat. This will give you teeth time to remineralize. If you don’t wait, you could cause more damage to your teeth than good. However, please don’t misunderstand: brushing your teeth is essential to preventing tooth decay.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to stop tooth decay. Naturally, brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you can do. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste. This will help your teeth remineralize. Similarly, please help your children brush every day. Typically, they will need your help until about the time they can tie their own shoelaces.
Also, cutting back on sugary foods and drinks and remembering to take your child to the dentist once every six months will help you prevent decay. You should also let your child see you brushing and explain why maintaining good oral health is so important.
If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us. We’re excited to hear from you soon.