While baby teeth aren’t meant to last lifetime, that doesn’t mean young teeth don’t need your attention. Good dental hygiene is important at all stages of life. As a parent you have significant influence over your child’s dental habits, from forming the routine of twice-daily tooth brushing, to scheduling dental appointments with a caring, family-oriented dentist. Some children’s services, such as fluoride treatments, are available only in a dental office. Other habits, such as drinking plenty of water, can be established at home.
Water Is a Sugar-free Thirst Quencher
You probably know sodas are a sugar-laden beverage choice, and should be saved for special treats. Fruit juices (even all-natural or organic juices) are also high in sugar, which can feed the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay. Sports drinks and even flavored waters can contain high amounts of sugar. Read labels carefully, to be in the know about ingredients. Offer fresh water, straight form the tap, or chilled from the ‘fridge as a tempting alternative.
Water Won’t Stain Teeth
You may think dingy teeth only happen in middle age, but in fact, tooth stains can appear at any age. Dark beverages such as tea, grape juice or soda, can gradually dull tooth color. In addition, brightly colored sports drinks can be detrimental to the natural whiteness of tooth enamel. They may be acidic as well, which can further stress the health of tooth enamel. If your child enjoys coffee drinks (even those without caffeine), tooth color can be affected.
When In Doubt, Reach for Water!
Water is easy to obtain, inexpensive and a boon to your child’s oral health. Don’t skimp on making water a part of your everyday dental health routine. Gregory Wright, DDS and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.