Acid Erosion In Children’s Teeth Growing Concern Among Dentists
Acid erosion is loss of tooth enamel caused by acid acting on the tooth’s surface, mainly from the consumption of acid-rich food and drinks like sodas, fruit juice, ketchup, salad dressings, citrus fruits and even fruits like melons and berries. Though nine out of 10 pediatric dentists report seeing signs of acid erosion in their patients, awareness among parents remains extremely low.
“Parents should be aware of the issue of acid erosion to ensure that they take steps to minimize the risk to their children’s teeth,” says nationally recognized pediatric dentist and diplomat for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr.
According to a recent survey conducted by Sensodyne ProNamel, most mothers – 93 percent – don’t think their children are at risk for acid erosion of teeth, and almost half of moms said they are not sure if acid erosion of a child’s teeth can be repaired or reversed, when, in fact, it can’t. Once enamel is gone, it’s gone for good.
In response to the growing issue of acid erosion, Sensodyne, a leader in tooth enamel protection, has introduced Sensodyne ProNamel for Children, the first pediatric toothpaste designed to help re-harden children’s tooth enamel. It was developed specifically to protect tooth enamel, as it is specially formulated to help protect against acid erosion as well as cavities. Its optimized fluoride formula allows for greater fluoride uptake to help re-harden and strengthen softened enamel. Furthermore, its low abrasivity helps avoid further enamel wear during toothbrushing and it is pH neutral. Developed with the help of dentists, ProNamel for Children also has a kid-friendly gentle mint flavor that helps make twice daily brushing easier.
Dr. Meeske also adds that parents should not necessarily discourage children from consuming healthy foods and beverages that are acidic. “Foods like apples, oranges and yogurt are an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet and a good source of many nutrients,” she says. “Instead of avoiding serving these, parents need to better understand what simple things they can do to help protect their children from the damaging effects of acid wear.”
Sensodyne ProNamel for Children will be available nationwide at drug, grocery and mass merchandise stores in March. For more information about the product and acid erosion, visit www.ProNamel.us.
The mothers and acid erosion awareness study was conducted by Synovate, on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare, within
Sensodyne Toothpaste is the #1 dentist and hygienist recommended desensitizing toothpaste brand. It contains fluoride for cavity-protection and the maximum amount of potassium nitrate allowed by the FDA to treat sensitivity. Sensodyne has been trusted by patients and professionals for more than 40 years and is clinically proven to relieve dentin hypersensitivity within two weeks. Sensodyne offers different variants to meet the needs of all patients, including Original, Fresh Impact, Cool Gel, Fresh Mint, Extra Whitening, Tartar Control with Whitening and Full Protection Plus Whitening, in addition to ProNamel and ProNamel for Children, which are designed to help protect teeth against the effects of acid wear.
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