You help your child brush their teeth in the morning and again at night. You might even be able to get them to floss once in awhile (good for you if you do). And yet, there are countless other ways that kiddos can end up with damaged teeth, even when you do everything right at home.
Our pediatric dentists in Thornton and Reunion have plenty of thoughts on how you can help protect your child’s teeth. This will help them not only in the present, but it will help their future oral health as well. Take a look at some of the ways you can help protect your child’s teeth, and contact Treasured Teeth to set up a pediatric dental appointment today!
Contact sports, such as football or hockey, will usually require all children to wear mouthguards to help protect their teeth. But there are plenty of sports that could still put your child’s teeth at risk, such as soccer or basketball. If falling on hard surfaces or coming into close contact with other players is an inherent part of your child’s sport of choice, having them wear a mouthguard is always a safe bet.
You can find mouthguards at most sporting goods stores for a reasonable price. Or, you can talk to your child’s pediatric dentist about getting a custom mouthguard that’s customized to their teeth and gums. Whichever way you go, some protection is always better than none.
Ensuring Surfaces Aren’t Slippery
We’ve had countless cases of children who are rushed in with damaged or missing teeth after a fall. One of the most common places where these falls can happen is the bathroom. Bathrooms are strangely designed with some of the most slippery surfaces — porcelain and tile are about as common as they come. When these surfaces come into contact with water and your child comes into contact with that, the end result can look like a trip to their pediatric dentist.
Put down grippy or anti-slip mats in both the shower/tub, as well as a mat on the floor to ensure that your child’s risk of falling is slim to none. This can prevent not only damaged teeth, but broken bones and stitches as well!
Having Fluoride in Your Water
Fluoride is added to water supply in cities across the country and around the globe. This is because fluoride is an essential mineral that helps protect tooth enamel (it’s why you got those kind-of-gross fluoride treatments as a kid).
However, in recent years there’s been an alarming concern about the idea of having something added to the water. In fact, some people have even begun buying filters that eliminate or reduce the amount of fluoride in their water.
If you have concerns about fluoride, talk to your child’s pediatric dentist or doctor, but ultimately know that fluoride is a really good thing, and it’s only implemented in microscopic doses in the water supply. If you currently rely on a well or other source for your water, look into treating your water with fluoride so that your child’s teeth (and yours) can be protected.
Treating Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding or jaw clenching isn’t uncommon, but it can be a cause for concern in children. Usually it’s a sign of stress, but in rare cases, teeth grinding can be a symptom of certain infections, like from a parasite. Either way, you want to make sure your child’s teeth grinding is addressed and treated at the source.
In some instances, a special mouthguard that’s worn by your child during their sleep can make a difference. Ultimately, however, you want to find out what the cause of the grinding is and work towards treating that. Grinding can cause damage to teeth, tooth alignment, and gums if left untreated.
Since kids lose their baby teeth, are these protective measures necessary?
It’s true that your child will lose their baby teeth (though in some cases, a baby tooth is actually the adult/permanent tooth). However, damage to your child’s teeth and gums can have negative implications for their dental health in the future. Permanent teeth that are coming in can be damaged, teeth alignment can be disrupted and out of whack, and tension in their gums and jaws can lead to headaches and more.
Not to mention, no parent wants to see their kid in pain. No parent also wants to fork over a hefty chunk of change for an emergency dental procedure that could otherwise be prevented. If you have the opportunity to prevent dental damage from happening, you absolutely should.
With Treasured Teeth in Reunion and Thornton, you can take one more preventative measure towards protecting your child’s teeth — though this isn’t an unexpected example. You can take your child in for routine visits with their pediatric dentist, starting as soon as their first tooth comes in, to set them up for dental success.
We have two convenient locations, and our pediatric dentists are well-equipped and skilled in providing a variety of services in a fun environment. We offer sedation dentistry, dental sealants, regular checkups and routine appointments, and so much more! By making trips to the dentist a part of your child’s life, they’ll have continual care to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy and strong. Set up an appointment with our Reunion or Thornton pediatric dentists today, and thank you for choosing Treasured Teeth as your child’s dentist!