How to Keep Kids' Teeth Strong

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Steps

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    Watch your diet. Sugary, starchy, and acidic foods feed the Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus bacteria that cause tooth decay. Note that even sugar-free soda can be highly acidic.
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    Limit the frequency of snacks so you don't feed the bacteria as often.
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    .End your meals with cheese when you can. The cheese can reduce the acidity in your mouth, which reduces the weakening of enamel.
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    Drink acidic beverages like lemonade with a straw. This reduces the exposure of your teeth to the acid in the beverage.
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    Rinse your mouth with plain water immediately after consuming acidic or sugary foods and beverages.
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    Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your teeth gently. Rough brushing can actually damage your tooth enamel.
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    Consider your health. Some health conditions make it difficult to strengthen your tooth enamel. Work with your doctor to get any such conditions under control.
    • Chronic dry mouth is caused by reduced saliva production. Antihistamines, medication, and even wine reduce saliva production. Components in saliva actually maintain and repair your enamel, so chronic dry mouth can be damaging to tooth enamel.
    • Acid reflux causes stomach acid to travel up your esophagus and even into your mouth. That acid burns away tooth enamel, so make sure any acid reflux condition is under control whether through diet or medication.
    • Clenching or grinding your teeth also wears away your enamel. Anger, stress, and certain sleep conditions can cause this.
    • Diabetes, mouth cancer, and other conditions can all make it difficult to strengthen your enamel.
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    Check your toothpaste. Glycerin, an ingredient in some toothpastes, can interfere with strengthening your teeth. Glycerin layers your tooth in a sticky film that keeps the minerals in your saliva from interacting with your enamel to strengthen it.

Warnings

  • Too much fluoride actually ends up causing a condition called enamel fluorosis. The condition can produce problems like discoloration and pitting, so be careful when using fluoride to help strengthen your tooth enamel.If a change in your diet produces unusual symptoms like headaches, dry skin, or persistent indigestion, realize that these are warning signs of an allergy or sensitivity. Keeping a food diary might help you track down what is causing those symptoms.

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Categories: Teeth and Mouth