As a parent, you want what is best for your child. Whether they’re learning a new skill, deciding to take an opportunity, or even feeling unwell, your instinct is to protect them.
It’s natural and a good thing. But, it’s easy to overlook some of the simpler things you can do to help your child build confidence and grow into a responsible adult.
Teeth are essential for chewing food. But, they are also used when you smile. If your child has bad teeth they’re going to feel self-conscious when they smile. That means they’ll avoid smiling and will start to be more cautious. In short, bad teeth can have a seriously detrimental effect on a child’s self-confidence.
Alongside teaching your child to brush properly you need to be considering the best ways to strengthen your child’s teeth.
Visit A Professional
The first thing you should be doing is visiting a pediatric dentist. They specialize in caring for children and will pay particular attention to small symptoms and signs that may be missed by a dentist accustomed to dealing with adults.
You’ll need to take your child regularly and listen to what the dentist has to say. Their advice can make the difference between cavities and tooth loss, as opposed to a healthy set of dentures.
In most places, fluoride has been added to the local water supply. Although there are debates regarding fluoride and it’s link to cancer, there seems to be little doubt that it can help t strengthen teeth and bones.
Drinking water regularly will strengthen your child’s teeth.
Calcium is essential to the development of strong bones and teeth. You’ll find that calcium is in most dairy products. That means encouraging your child to drink milk, eat yogurts, cheese, and even butter.
As with everything in life, moderation is the key to ensuring a balance between healthy teeth and bones versus weight gain.
Nuts & Seeds
The majority of nuts and seeds are full of minerals and calcium. This makes it a great way to boost your child’s intake of this important mineral.
As a bonus, you’ll find nuts and seeds contain fats and oils that naturally coat teeth and protect them from bacteria. They can actually strengthen the enamel on your child’s teeth.
The fact that most kids love them is a bonus.
Vitamin C is known to fight bacteria that forms in your mouth. It is this bacteria that feed off sugars and creates acid as a waste product. The acid produced attacks your child’s teeth
Fruit and vegetables are high in vitamin C, as are many fortified cereals. Your child needs to consume vitamin C daily for overall health, making sure they do will help strengthen their teeth as well.
Saliva is also very good at destroying the bacteria that cause problems in your mouth. By chewing sugar-free gum after eating you’ll increase saliva levels. This will help to protect, and therefore, strengthen your child’s teeth.
Not to mention they’ll feel cool doing it.