How can you help protect your children’s teeth from acid wear?

Rose and Holly

Before I started blogging full-time I worked as a dental nurse both in practice and hospitals. In the hospital we would see emergencies; damage caused by an accident or extractions of teeth that couldn’t be saved by fillings and so on. In practice, it was routine check-ups and the odd toothache. One of the most common problems I have seen first hand in children is acid erosion.

Issues are generally avoidable if you are well informed and take preventative steps to achieving good oral health. The first thing you can do is take a look at your child’s diet. What are they eating and drinking? Do you know which foods and drinks are acidic and likely to cause acid wear and are there any products on the market specifically for protecting the enamel of your child’s teeth?

Rose and Holly

                                                                                              Show us your teeth!

Pronamel® for Children toothpaste is a product that can support and help protect against the effects of acid wear on children’s teeth. Pronamel have carried out a recent survey of 2,000 UK parents with children aged between 6 – 14 and come up with some really interesting statistics.

  • 38% of 12-year-olds and 44% of 15-year-olds are showing signs of dental erosion on their incisors
  • 36% of those surveyed didn’t know what Acid Wear was in relation to teeth
  • Out of all the parents asked, 70% had considered that the effects of acidic foods and drinks can soften children’s enamel
  • 73% of respondents believed Cola had the highest level of acidity, 51% said apple juice and 31% said lemonade
  • Parents said their children consume acidic food and drink twice a day on average
  • 30% of parents surveyed said they give their children fruit as a snack
  • Of those asked, 56% said their children brush their teeth in the morning after breakfast
  • Only 21% of respondents thought their children’s teeth need specialist care i.e. specialist toothpaste, yet 46% buy specialist oral health products for themselves or their partner
  • Only 44% of parents asked knew that the enamel on children’s teeth is 50% thinner compared to adults enamel
  • Of those surveyed, 91% believe they’ve passed on their good oral health habits to their children
  • 83% of parents questioned let their children eat more chocolate and sweet foods over the Christmas and New Year period

I know when I was working in practice that dentists were becoming increasingly concerned about the effects of acid wear on teeth. Lots of parents were simply unaware that fruit juice was highly acidic and would actively avoid fizzy drinks and opt for apple or orange juice instead thinking that this is the safe option.

I think as parent’s we are all worried about our children getting their 5-a-day and it is tempting to bung a load of fruit in a blender and give them a smoothie to drink but actually, that can be very damaging to little teeth.

When I was a child I used to get 50p pocket money to spend on sweets each week. My mum had the right idea, that it was best to have a moderate treat occasionally in one sitting rather than spacing it out over the week. It’s best to avoid grazing on sweets and acidic foods and drink throughout the day, thereby limiting the exposure and helping to prevent damage to enamel.

As most children’s permanent teeth come through between the ages of 6-13 the new teeth are vulnerable to acid attack. There is absolutely no way of regenerating enamel, it’s not like bone and it will never ever grow back. Once it is damaged it’s gone for good.

This is where Pronamel for Children toothpaste is such an excellent choice. This toothpaste is specially formulated in collaboration with dentists to strengthen the tooth enamel and help to protect children’s teeth from acid wear, as well as tooth decay. It can certainly help to keep children’s teeth strong and healthy.

On 9th February at 1pm join me, Tots100 and the people from Pronamel for a Twitter chat where we will be talking about the effects of acid wear on children’s teeth and what steps we can take to help prevent it.

Dentist Professor David Bartlett will be on hand to answer any specific concerns you might have so do join us using #Pronamel4Children you can even win an iPad just for joining us.

See you there!

*This is a collaborative post with Pronamel for Children and Tots100

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