Have you ever wondered if you can help your kids protect their tooth enamel from an early age? The answer is yes, you can. There are several things you can do. First, let’s talk about what tooth enamel is.
What is Tooth Enamel?
Tooth enamel is the outer covering of the tooth. It’s the hardest tissue in the human body and it covers the outside of the tooth above the gums. Is this what gives the tooth it’s color? No. Whether white, off-white, grey, or yellowish, the dentin is responsible for your tooth color. Enamel is translucent. You can actually see light through it.
What Purpose Does Enamel Serve?
Enamel helps protect your teeth. Activities such as chewing, biting, and crunching can put stress on your teeth. Enamel provides a layer between your dentin and anything you put into your mouth. Sometimes anxiety and stress can lead to grinding. This can erode your enamel.
If the dentist determines that you or your child are grinding teeth, you may be prescribed a guard to wear at night to prevent erosion and damage to your teeth.
Kids are active! When they rough-house or play sports, they run the risk of damage to their teeth if they get hit in the mouth. For this reason, many children’s sports require guards to be worn.
Although enamel is hard it can also chip and crack when we bite down on something hard. Enamel doesn’t grow back so if this happens you either live with the broken tooth or you need to go to the dentist to have it repaired.
Enamel also insulates the teeth from potentially painful temperatures and chemicals.
Does Enamel Stain?
In adults, coffee, tea, cola, red wine, fruit juices, and cigarettes stain the enamel on our teeth. For kids, nix the wine and cigarettes and add grape soda and Hawaiian Punch and you’ll discover some of the main culprits of tooth discoloration in young people. Keep in mind excess soft drink consumption can also erode enamel. The dyes used in popsicles and some children’s candies can discolor teeth. Left unchecked, these stains can be hard to remove and can follow your kids into adulthood.
The first thing you can do to help minimize permanent staining is to schedule visits to your kids’ dentist for routine cleaning and polishing. This can help remove most surface stains and make sure your child’s teeth stay healthy into adulthood.
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