Your child may experience all sorts of severe dental problems if he or she doesn’t maintain good oral health. Kids’ dental problems can be caused by tooth decay, thumb sucking, and pacifier use, resulting in expensive treatment in the future.
Keep reading to learn what the most common dental problems are and how to avoid these issues.
Below are five common dental problems that children experience:
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children—five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. Children with tooth decay have a greater risk of developing permanent tooth decay later in life.
Tooth decay can result from too much sugar or acids coming into contact with your child’s baby teeth (milk teeth). Sugars cause bacteria to grow, which can then cause cavities and decay.
Tooth decay can be painful for children. Some effects of tooth decay include:
If left untreated, tooth decay can spread and potentially cause permanent damage to your child’s teeth.
Most thumb sucking stops between the ages of two and four. However, thumb sucking and pacifier use becomes a problem for children when permanent teeth start to come in.
By continuing to suck on thumbs or pacifiers after a certain age, children can experience crooked teeth, bite issues, and improper development of the jaw and roof of the mouth.
Gum disease, or gingivitis, is the inflammation of gum tissue caused by poor oral hygiene and plaque buildup.
If your child has gum disease, he or she may be experiencing bad breath or bleeding gums. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss.
If your child’s permanent teeth grow in crooked, or more than one tooth tries to grow in one spot, your child may need to have teeth removed or braces installed to straighten the teeth.
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common developmental issue among children. Grinding can cause headaches and wear away permanent and baby teeth, causing dental or muscular pain.
If your child is experiencing any of these problems, it’s important to take them to the dentist and get professional dental treatment.
Learn how to prevent some of these issues by following these important tips:
At Kool Smiles, our experienced dentists can help you determine the right treatment for your kids’ dental problems.
With over 120 dental facilities across the U.S., there is sure to be a location near you. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your child.
Boston Children’s Hospital: http://www.childrenshospital.org/centers-and-services/departments-and-divisions/department-of-dentistry/overview
Dental Health Foundation: http://www.dentalhealth.ie/children/structure/primary.html
Dental health for kids should be available to every family. A healthy mouth can protect against other, more serious health problems in the future. When you teach your children to take care…Read Full Article
Do I need to fix cavities in my child's baby teeth since they’re going to eventually fall out? Should cavities in baby teeth be filled? The answer to both of these questions…Read Full Article
When it comes to the dental health of your child, you might be wondering about the cost of a dental exam and cleaning. There are some dentists, like Kool Smiles,…Read Full Article
When a child loses a baby tooth, it is often cause for celebration — your little one is growing up! However, if a child loses their permanent teeth, the missing teeth…Read Full Article
Dentists that accept MetLife insurance understand the importance of quality dental care that is both affordable and accessible. MetLife provides dental insurance for millions of Americans, including the patients at Kool…Read Full Article
Are you considering a tooth implant procedure for your child instead of dentures? Like most procedures, there are pros and cons to dental implants. Implants are attached to the bone…Read Full Article
What is dry socket? If your child's wisdom teeth have been removed, they may suffer from dry socket. Dry socket symptoms often occur after oral surgery, such as wisdom teeth removal. Dry socket feels like…Read Full Article
Wisdom teeth removal is the process of removing the last set of molars in your child’s mouth. Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to come in, usually between ages 17…Read Full Article
If your child has had wisdom teeth surgery, or recently had a tooth removed, the area may not be healing properly, causing your child to experience dry socket and severe…Read Full Article
A tooth implant is an effective way to replace a lost tooth, but it can potentially lead to a range of dental implant problems and side effects. Learn more about…Read Full Article
If your child has a true medical emergency, you should call 911 right away or take him or her to an emergency room immediately. If the emergency is non life threatening, you can…Read Full Article