There are many reasons why your child’s teeth may be sensitive. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by erosion, decay, chipped teeth, receding gums, teeth grinding, fillings, crowns, and damaged enamel. Here’s how you can help decrease your child’s sensitive teeth at home.
Rinse With Salt Water
Encourage your child to rinse their mouth with salt water. It’ll help reduce their tooth sensitivity because it kills harmful bacteria and reduces plaque. If you encourage your child to try this method, be sure to tell them to repeat the process two times a day. It’s best to rinse with salt water in the morning and at night.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
The best way that your child can strengthen their enamel is to use fluoride toothpaste. The American Dental Association recommends that children brush their teeth twice a day using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
Encourage your child to chew sugar-free gum. This will help in the production of saliva and strengthen the enamel on their teeth. If your child chews gum that has sugar, it can make their tooth sensitivity worse.
Avoid Acidic Foods
Acidic foods and drinks can cause tooth sensitivity because it erodes the enamel. Encourage your child to avoid consuming carbonated beverages, coffee, citrus fruits, yogurt, cereal, orange juice, sugar and ice cream. If you have acidic foods or drinks in your home, make sure they are consumed minimally.
It’s important that you teach and encourage your child to brush their teeth gently. If your child is brushing their teeth roughly, their toothbrush may be damaging their enamel.
Bring your child in for an appointment at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County every six months or as recommended by your dentist. Routine X-rays can help identify tooth decay early. If we catch tooth decay early, we’ll be able to reverse the damage.