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03/05/15

Common Pediatric Dental Problems

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There are some dental problems that affect children more often than adults. These problems vary depending on age, dental habits, genetics, and even more factors. By being aware of the dental problems that are more common with children, you can be more aware of not only the problem but the cause as well, more effectively preventing these issues before they can take root.

 

Tooth Decay

 

Even though your child will be eventually losing their baby teeth, that doesn’t make them any less important. These are placeholders for adult teeth, and should be properly cared for as the permanent teeth will be. Tooth decay is completely preventable with the right steps. Make sure to properly clean the teeth after eating foods such as:

 

  • bread
  • potatoes
  • soft drinks
  • sticky candy
  • hard candy
  • fruit juices

 

Making better eating choices and brushing teeth regularly will help prevent childhood tooth decay.

 

Sensitivity in the Teeth

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It is completely normal for younger children to have sensitive teeth. Most often this is noticed when eating or drinking hot or cold products. Learn about these sensitivities early on and make changes to help. Choosing toothpastes geared towards sensitive teeth and being more conscious of eating choices can both be great ways to avoid this sensitivity. In extreme cases a night guard can be worn as well.

 

Grinding

 

In many cases grinding is an involuntary and damaging habit. This is common in childhood, and is often stopped as children get older. Make an effort to stop the problem by having your child wear a night guard. Although most children stop grinding their teeth as they age, the practice while happening can cause damage to baby and adult teeth.

 

Thumb Sucking

Baby suck thumb

If your child is still sucking their thumb after their first teeth have come in, make an effort to get them to stop. Thumb sucking affects the teeth, and may lead to more advanced dental problems down the road, especially after the permanent teeth start to come in. In addition to this, pacifiers can be harmful to the development of the teeth as well. Teach your children about these potential damages, and direct their bad habit to other activities or solutions. Because this is a natural and comforting act, it may be difficult for some children to drop it.


Avoid these common dental problems with your children whenever possible. By making these changes, or identifying the problems you can help your child on the road to a healthier smile.

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