Here at Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we recently had a parent ask us if boys have stronger teeth than girls. This is a great question as men tend to be physically stronger than women. There was a study done by researchers at the University of Oslo that found dental erosion was more common in boys than girls.
Dental erosion is a condition that occurs when acids wear away the enamel of the teeth and make them weaker. Drinking too many soft drinks and/or fruit drinks often causes dental erosion. Researchers discovered that females naturally have stronger enamel than males and therefore are less prone to dental erosion.
If you have a son and would like to ensure their teeth remain strong and he does not develop dental erosion, there are several things you can do. Instead of eating acidic foods on their own, encourage your son to eat them with their meals. This strategy will reduce their contact with your son’s teeth and allow the acid to be neutralized through other foods.
It’s also a good idea for your son to get into the habit of drinking water every time they eat or drink something with acid. This can help can get the acidity out of their mouth. Using a straw whenever he sips on acidic beverages is also a wise choice.
Of course, the ultimate solution is to reduce or eliminate the consumption of acidic foods and beverages. Try to promote drinks like water, tea, and coconut water and discourage soda and fruit juices. You can simply refrain from buying acidic drinks so that they aren’t easily within reach.
Contact Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
If you’d like further information on how boys and girls teeth differ, we encourage you to call us at 703-348-2813 to schedule an appointment at our Ashburn, VA dental office. We look forward to meeting you and your child!