Prevent Tap And Well Water From Damaging Your Child's Teeth: What To Know

If your child has a lot of cavities in their baby teeth and you're worried about the water in your home being a culprit, you need to get the water tested before the problem could affect their adult teeth. There are a lot of issues that could be causing the cavities, but water should be a top concern.

There are many at home water testing kits you can get to see if there is anything dangerous in the water and if your child is getting enough fluoride. Here are a few things you'll want to consider.

Add Fluoride to Their Routine

You can get toothpaste and mouthwash that has fluoride in it to make sure that your child's smile is protected. The fluoride is going to help strengthen the enamel on the teeth to protect against cavities and to prevent staining and discoloration. Your child should be getting regular fluoride treatments at the dentist's office as well.

Getting a Water Softener  

If you have a lot of hard minerals in your drinking water at the home, it could be causing discoloration and the breakdown of the enamel on your child's teeth, and it can also deteriorate the gum tissue. You need to make sure your water isn't just healthy for your oral health but for your body as well. A water softener can help keep out these minerals, along with other toxins that may be lingering around in your child's drinking water. This can also greatly improve the taste of the water.

Seal the Teeth

Have the dentists put a dental sealant on their teeth so you don't have to worry about the enamel being the only line of defense against cavities. The sealant is most commonly used on molars in the mouth, and can save your child's teeth so they last until they fall out, and so the adult teeth actually last them until they get into adulthood.

You may not realize that the foods your child eats although healthy are doing damage, like citrus fruits and juices. There are many things that can cause your child to develop cavities and teaching them to protect their teeth and to be cautious of their oral health at a young age can help encourage them to have good oral hygiene for a lifetime. Talk with the dentist and get your water tested to make sure that the problem isn't something they're exposed to every day.