If I could turn back time...
As a follow up to my last post on this subject (previous post) I thought I would write a post to the past me; the brand-new-mom me; the mom who had no idea about kids' teeth or how to care for them better. I hope this helps another new mom out there to get on the right path to helping their kids' teeth as best they can!
Dear New Mom,
This is a very specific letter. We can address the myriad of other frustrating things you are dealing with at another time but right now I want to talk about your kid's teeth and how to set them up for strong healthy teeth in the future.
First, here's some things you did right:
No bottles to bed. No soda. No candy. Limit sugar. You also didn't do the whole pacifier thing, though they didn't give you a whole lot of choice there. You brushed early on! You knew, and did, all of these things because everyone was happy to share this info with you! Great job!
You only get one chance with tooth enamel: once it's gone, it's gone forever. You are off to a good start!
Now here are some things you don't know (that no one bothered to tell you).Avoid too many crunchy foods (like crackers!). Starchy foods leave behind the growth of plaque (source).
Avoid highly acidic foods as they cause the enamel to soften and over time enamel can be worn away.
Keep in mind that all kids are different. Yes, your first child made it look easy. His teeth were freakishly perfect but that's not the norm. Pay a little more attention to your second child's teeth, he has normal ones that need a little extra TLC while they are forming.
Teeth also come in very different shapes. Some are smoother than others and some have much deeper ridges. You have to work a little more with the second ones.
Encourage more follow up with water. After snacking, after meals and especially after anything that is highly acidic. You don't want that acid sitting on those new teeth (source)!
Pay more attention to the toothpaste you use. ProNamel® 6-12 Years Toothpaste for Kids is a great example of something to look for, it not only helps protect enamel from everyday acids but also from cavities!
Allow a little bit of time to pass between when your kids eat and when they brush their teeth, especially after eating acidic foods as enamel is softer and can be removed by brushing (source).
Above all, know that you are doing a great job! Are you trying? Are you paying attention? Are you doing the best you can with what you have for your kids? Yes? Then that is all you can ask of yourself. And when you learn something, share it with other moms so that they know too!
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