Most Common Dental Problems in Children
As a parent, you always want what's best for your children and their dental health. From the time they grow their first tooth, it is essential that you promote good oral hygiene habits. Dental related issues are very common when it comes to children and it is normal, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't do any preventative care. Here are the most common dental problems in children you know to look out for and why you should teach them to have good oral hygiene.
Most kids aren't going to properly brush and floor their teeth if there isn't someone supervising. Combined with sugar-heavy diets, cavities are one of the most common major issues in children. To prevent or lessen the chance of forming cavities you need to supervise your children when they are brushing their teeth. Make sure that they are removing any food particles, bacteria as well as plaque. That will help prevent early tooth decay. If they do end up developing a cavity, the typical treatment is a tooth filling.
Having sensitive teeth can be really distracting and uncomfortable, especially for children. Tooth sensitivity at such a young age can be caused by many different factors. That is why you need to ensure that you take your child to annual check-ups. A dentist will be able to find the cause of their tooth sensitivity and fix the issue before turning into something serious.
It is very rare that someone has perfectly straight teeth without any interventions. But luckily there are so many different ways for your child to have a confident smile. As most know, orthodontic problems are often a result of genetics as well as the size and shape of their jaw. Some of the most common issues children have are open bites, underbites, overbites as well as spacing problems. It is recommended that you take your child to their first orthodontic appointment when they are seven or eight years old. An orthodontist will check their teeth and give you an insight into the situation. Another thing you should know is that orthodontic problems are more than just crooked teeth. Not taking them to get their teeth checked can result in jaw problems, oral hygiene issues as well as cracked teeth.
Pediatric Gingivitis and Gum Disease
What a lot of parents don't realise is that gum disease and gingivitis is not only something adults can suffer from. Those two can occur in children just like any other adult. Gingivitis is the precursor to gum disease. It is often marked by red and swollen gums as well as bleeding when brushing or flossing. But when it comes to gum disease, as it is more aggressive it is common with children who have poor oral hygiene. It involves gum recession, swelling and pain. In most cases, they can both be avoided by properly and regularly brushing and flossing. In some cases, if your child can't properly brush their teeth because of orthodontic issues it can lead to gingivitis or gum disease.
Excessive Thumb Sucking
There are many infants, infants as well as older children who resort to sucking their thumb or using a pacifier when they are feeling anxious. It is fine for them to use that coping mechanism unless it becomes a bad habit. Prolonged thumb sucking will cause issues with how your child's teeth develop. That is why your child shouldn't use a pacifier or suck their thumb past the toddler stage. Chronic thumb sucking or using the pacifier will cause an open bite. An open bite means that the upper front teeth won't come together with the lower front teeth leaving a significant gap when their mouth is closed. That can cause your child to struggle with chewing and it can even affect their speech.
In the end, being a good role model by having good oral hygiene yourself will promote your child to do the same. Make sure that you don't miss any dental appointments and that you teach them the importance of having good dental habits.
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