Kids’ Dental Problems

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.

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Five Common Kids’ Dental Problems

Below are five common dental problems that children experience:

Tooth Decay

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:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Extraction (tooth removal) that requires anesthesia (numbing medicine)
  • Loss of space for permanent teeth to come in
  • Crowded or crooked permanent teeth

If left untreated, tooth decay can spread and potentially cause permanent damage to your child’s teeth.

Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers

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

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.

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Overcrowding or Crooked Teeth

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

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.

Tips to Prevent Dental Problems in Children

Learn how to prevent some of these issues by following these important tips:

  • Promote good oral health habits by teaching your kids to brush twice a day and floss once a day
  • Don’t let your child fall asleep with a bottle filled with sugary liquids
  • Bring your children to the dentist for regular checkups

Schedule an Appointment at Kool Smiles Today

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.



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