Soft Teeth

"Soft Teeth" is a term used to describe teeth prone to cavities. It is a popular myth that it tends to run in families and cause cavities, however you will be happy to hear that it is not actually a medical term and is completely preventable! 

 

Teeth are more susceptible to decay when there is a history of poor oral hygiene, excessive amounts of junk food and carbonated/acdic drinks, and lack of fluoridated water. 

 

As some strains of bacteria are the main culprits associated with cavities,  it is very important to clean teeth properly after eating. Bacteria attack the enamel and break it down causing cavities. Regular exposure to sugary foods or drinks can increase this breakdown at an alarming rate. As fluoride helps remineralize the enamel, in its absence teeth are more vulnerable to cavities. 

 

 

If you don't want to give up your favorite drinks just yet, here are a few steps you can follow-

 

  • Limit your consumption of acidic drinks to meal times, and make sure to brush properly after. 

  • Eat a healthy diet, and limit your intake or sugary snacks and foods. 

  • Brush gently twice a day with a fluoridated tooth paste. 

  • If you are pregnant, be sure to follow all the above steps and also schedule regular dental exams and cleanings. 

  • If your baby is in the habit of going to bed with a bottle, make sure to fill it only with water. Juices, milk and other sweet drinks contribute to decay.

  • Schedule baby's first dental appointment by the first birthday or six months after the first tooth erupts. 

  • Brush or help brush your child's teeth until they are 4-6 years old. Small children may not have the dexterity to do a thorough job. 

  • See your dentist regularly so that cavities can be taken care of before they get very large. 

 

 

 

“Dental Care for Your Baby.” American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. http://d27vj430nutdmd.cloudfront.net/17242/64415/64415.1.pdf. Accessed 2013. - See more at: http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/22,Delta93#sthash.sInZyYcQ.dpuf

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