I’ve had a good dental hygiene routine instilled in me ever since I can remember and it paid off with only 1 filling to confess, a knock on effect of a misspent teenage era no doubt. But the perfectionist in me would rather it was none and is something I will always regret.
So I’ve been equally vigilant with my own children, never a day or night has gone by where I haven’t reminded them to brush their teeth and neither have ever had a filling. As soon as that first tooth appeared at 6 months for each of my boys, I’ve started with a brushing teeth routine.
But that is only part of it, limiting sugar in foods and drinks play a huge part too and new research has found that acid wear or enamel erosion is now a growing problem with 1 in 3 young adults and 37% of 11-13 year olds showing tooth wear.
The signs of Acid Wear are weak, thin, transparent or see-through, yellowing and dull enamel resulting from a modern acid-rich diet putting your teeth more at risk than you might think. As few as four acidic ‘moments’ throughout the day can put enamel at risk from acid wear (also know as acid erosion.)
It’s not just the fizzy drinks, coffee or wine; surprisingly it can even be our healthier choices: fruit, fruit juices, sparkling water with lemon and even salad dressings can count towards our daily acidic ‘moments’. If you’re wondering whether your diet could be putting your teeth at risk I found this test on the Pronamel website.
The advice your dentist should be giving you on minimising acid wear is to be
Conscious about how often you have acidic foods or drinks throughout the day,
Minimise the amount of time they are in contact with your teeth
Avoid swishing, swirling and sipping acidic food and drinks over a long period
wait an hour until brushing your teeth after having an acidic drink
If you are at risk of Acid Wear, your dentist may advise you to brush your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and low abrasion fluoride toothpaste.
For more advise on looking after your child’s teeth visit the nhs dental health pages.
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