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.
If you brush before thirty minutes have passed, your enamel will actually be softened and your brush will damage your teeth. Conversely, if you wait, your teeth will be able to remineralize on their own. Also, when you decide brush you may want to consider using toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride will help your enamel remineralize.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your child stay away from tooth decay. Please remember to help your child brush for two minutes twice a day. Also, please remember that your children may struggle with brushing until they are able to tie their shoes themselves. Also, cut back on sugary foods and drinks and remember to take your child to the dentist once every six months. You should also let your child see you brushing and explain why maintaining good oral health is so important.
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