Pediatric Dentistry Can Protect Your Child's Teeth

April 20, 2017
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Pediatric Dentistry Can Protect Your Child's Teeth

In our pediatric dentistry office, parents ask a lot of questions about the best methods to wanting to know how they can protect their child's teeth when playing sports. This is an important question because as children get into early elementary school, they often begin playing sports like soccer, baseball and basketball. Thinking about ways to protect their teeth and avoid an injury is wise, so we encourage these questions.

It starts with good oral health

There are several things to keep in mind. First, the health of a child's teeth is going to directly impact how strong teeth are. The outside layer of teeth is made of a strong enamel. However, the enamel can erode over time and typically does so with a poor diet. Things like soda, for example, are very high in acid content. Giving a child even one soda a day can expose their teeth to serious erosion that weakens the enamel. Likewise, sour candy and even things like lemon and lime can erode the enamel.

Erosion makes the teeth more susceptible to health issues such as decay and dental damage. When a tooth has a cavity, it will be more likely to sustain damage since the tooth structure itself is not strong any longer. The tooth may be fine for a period of time but even the slightest friction can cause it to become chipped or break.

To make it less likely that a tooth will sustain damage, it is important to give children a healthy diet that is free from anything acidic or high in sugar content. In fact, mixing certain foods and beverages together can strengthen teeth, including:

  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Cheese
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Crunchy vegetables
  • Protein
  • Whole grain

Bringing children to our pediatric dentistry office twice a year for a dental cleaning and examination can also help because it allows us to remove plaque and tartar from their teeth and to correct any damage or decay as soon as it is identified.

Wear a mouthguard

After addressing the basic health of their teeth, the next step may be to create a mouthguard using an impression of a child's teeth and measurements. The mouthguard will fit securely so that even the most active child who is running and jumping can protect their teeth while playing sports.

A mouthguard should be worn during every practice and every game to ensure that if there is a flying elbow or flying baseball, that collides with the tooth, the teeth will remain protected. Essentially, the guard becomes a barrier between the teeth and the outside world.

Schedule an appointment today

We can create a mouthguard for your child in our pediatric dentistry office so call today to schedule an appointment for a guard or for a professional teeth cleaning.