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Protect Your Kid’s Teeth from Acid Erosion

In the United States, 9 out of 10 pediatric dentists report seeing signs of acid erosion in their patients. That’s because children’s eating habits can make their enamel more vulnerable to acid erosion. Children often eat a wide variety of acidic foods, including soft drinks, ketchup, and even healthy foods, such as fruits and fruit juices.

That’s why early intervention is key. It's important to make sure that children's permanent teeth, which come through mostly between the ages of 6 and 12, stay strong and healthy, since they can be most at risk of acid erosion as soon as they appear.

Below are some tips that can help limit children’s exposure to acid erosion:

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Avoid brushing right after eating when the enamel is soft.

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Try to follow acidic meals with a glass of water or milk to help neutralize the acid.

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Encourage children to swallow acidic drinks immediately rather than swishing them around their mouths.

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Children should drink an acidic beverage in one sitting, rather than sipping it throughout the day.

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Instead of sucking on acidic snacks like sour candies, or even healthy ones such as orange wedges, encourage children to swallow food once they have finished properly chewing.

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Take children for regular dental checkups and follow your dentist's advice.

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Give children snacks that can help protect their teeth—check out this list of enamel-friendly snacks.

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