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Ignoring Your Child’s Dental Health = A Recipe For Lifelong Dental Worry!

Posted: February 8, 2019

Poor oral hygiene, insufficient calcium in the diet and an overdose of sugary and starchy foods can all harm your child’s teeth. The time to take action is now!

When I was a child, I was very fond of chocolates. Every kid is, right? That led to a lot of tooth decay because I just wouldn’t brush my teeth twice a day regularly! No matter how many times my parents reminded me to, I would just forget. The result of course was numerous visits to the dentist…

My personal childhood experience of multiple painful root canals was reason enough for me to be very conscious of oral health for my daughter. Thus, I made sure that she brushes her teeth twice a day using that long trusted brand, Colgate Strong Teeth.

Let’s look at the common causes of tooth decay in children!

These can largely be summed up as:

  1. Poor oral hygiene, resulting in high levels of cavity causing bacteria
  2. An unbalanced diet, deficient in calcium
  3. A diet rich in sugar and starch

The vital time to build strong teeth and bones is when we are children, or in our teens. Calcium, Vitamin D and Phosphorus play a crucial role in the formation and maintenance of healthy teeth in children, and impact their health in adulthood as well.

Thus, a healthy diet that is rich in calcium is essential for healthy teeth.

But where do we find this calcium?

For any child, the best sources of calcium are from the food intake. Foods that offer the best natural source of calcium include:

  • milk
  • yogurt
  • cheese
  • soybeans
  • broccoli, kale, turnip greens and other leafy greens
  • almonds and sesame seeds
  • white beans, red beans, and chickpeas
  • oranges, figs, and prunes

(The non-dairy sources especially become important for those who find dairy products hard to digest).

Since calcium is so important, food companies often add it to cereal, bread, juice, and other kid-friendly foods. Still, I am wary of giving too much processed or packaged food to my daughter; therefore, I prefer natural sources of food as well as a toothpaste which strengthens her teeth from within. Calcium being an essential mineral for healthy teeth, this is one aspect that cannot be neglected.

Why does Calcium matter so much?

Calcium is one of the most important minerals which is required during the growing years to support the development of healthy bones and teeth, besides a healthy nervous system and muscle functioning.

Calcium is essential in making the jaw bones healthy and strong enough to hold the teeth in place. Moreover, given that oral bacteria are a big cause of tooth decay, calcium becomes even more important – it fortifies the teeth against such bacteria and also helps to repair the damage caused by them to teeth enamel.

Make sure to use a toothpaste rich in calcium

For other growth requirements, food rich in calcium is required but for healthy teeth, the Colgate Strong Teeth is a saviour. We’ve recently received a hamper from them, and we’re so excited!

Colgate Dental cream

I trust this brand for our family and particularly for my daughter, since it has has a calcium and mineral formula which is essential for healthy teeth. The toothpaste helps add natural calcium, the building block for teeth and strengthens it. Regular use of the Colgate Strong Teeth provides all around cavity protection, germ protection and healthy gums.

Just recently, my daughter’s teeth started getting darker. When all her swimming companions also faced a similar issue, we realised that it was because of the increase in alum present in the chlorinated water. But due to the regular use of Colgate Strong Teeth, the impact of the chemical was considerably less on my daughter. This increased my trust in Colgate Strong Teeth.

Now I can safely assume that my daughter will have much stronger teeth than me because she will not make excuses to brush her teeth like me!

 

Share with me!

Does your child make excuses to brush teeth at night time? Also, does your child get enough calcium in her/his diet? How do you fulfil his/her needs of calcium intake?

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