Common Problems

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Tooth Decay | Tooth decay, also known as cavities, can be prevented with a balanced diet accompanied by regular brushing, flossing and routine dental care. Some patients are more prone to dental decay, and the enamel in baby teeth is thinner allowing decay to progress more quickly. That means it is important for your child to see a dentist for regular dental exams and professional cleanings. If decay is detected at an exam, Dr. Christensen will discuss treatment options with you.

Bad Breath | If you have noticed your child has chronic bad breath, the problem usually has to do with bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria collect on the tongue, in the gums around the teeth, in swollen tonsils, and in the throat where they can cause bad breath. Brushing the teeth, gums, and tongue with a minty toothpaste can help with odors, and some parents have reported success using a baking soda toothpaste. Rinsing with a mouthwash that kills bacteria is another aid. Thankfully, breath odors do tend to decrease as children enter their teens and tonsils start to shrink in size.

Bad Bite or Crowded Teeth | Orthodontic problems usually stem from a malocclusion (bad bite). Your child may inherit or acquire a bad bite. Either way, these problems can lead to increased decay, jaw pain, jaw dysfunction, and low self-esteem. Dr. Christensen can help monitor these situations, and will recommend the best time to see an orthodontist.