Children go through many changes as they grow, including their mouth, which is why it’s important to ensure that they know how to take care of their teeth. It is very likely that at some stage your child will face a dental issue, whether it’s from early tooth loss or dental anxiety. We have listed just a few common dental problems that kids face.
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems for kids, especially when they’re learning how to properly brush their own teeth. A build-up of bacteria and plaque is often the cause of tooth decay. It’s important to make sure your child is learning how to brush properly, including flossing before bed. Building these good habits early can prevent long term damage and good practices. It can also help to educate your child on why brushing and flossing their teeth is necessary. Bringing them to regular check-ups will ensure that their teeth are cleaned and examined for decay and cavities.
It’s very common for children to suck their thumbs when they are young, however, as they start to develop adult teeth, this habit can become damaging. Thumb sucking can push and alter the shape and growth of a child’s teeth, so they could start forming an overbite or other misalignment issues.
Premature Tooth Loss
Losing a tooth earlier doesn’t necessarily mean there’s an issue, however, if left neglected and teeth continue to fall out prematurely, there is most likely a deeper problem. Often this is the result of improper cleaning. It’s important to make sure that there isn’t a deeper issue as the remaining baby teeth could move into the free space, causing misalignment.
Gum disease is another common issue that many people face, not just children. Again, this often occurs from improper cleaning. Gum disease can progress to more serious problems such as bone damage and tooth loss.
Bad breath happens to everybody, however, there are times when even brushing teeth doesn’t help. Bad breath occurs when bacteria builds up, this is why everyone experiences morning breath. Generally, continuous bad breath is the result of poor hygiene, however, in some cases, it can be a deeper issue. Chronic sinusitis, diabetes, tooth decay, digestive problems and even certain medications can all cause bad breath. The best way to be sure of the cause is to bring your child in for a check-up.
Children have thinner enamel on their teeth, so it wears down quicker and easier. Be sure to give your child a soft-bristled toothbrush, so they don’t damage their teeth. A sealant can be applied to extra sensitive, brittle teeth. This will strengthen the enamel.
Most children who grind their teeth will grow out of it, however, if it’s causing damage, it’s best to seek treatment. Teeth grinding can be a response to pain such as an earache, or anxiety, but grinding can lead to other issues such as headaches and damaged teeth.
Over Retained Primary Teeth
Where one child can lose their teeth too early, another can retain their primary teeth for too long. In this situation, two teeth may try to occupy the same space, causing crowding or misalignment. Alternatively, it can indicate the absence of an adult tooth, which can cause more issues down the track, such as cavities or spacing.
It’s very common for children to experience dental anxiety. It’s an overwhelming experience, especially when procedures such as fillings or the removal of teeth are required. This anxiety can make regular visits to the dentist a difficult time. Our friendly team are experienced in providing a comfortable environment for everyone. If your child experiences anxiety when it comes to their regular dental checkups, get in contact with our family-friendly office today.