Many of the most common dental issues are not age-specific. Children are just as susceptible to them as an adult. To help you notice the signs and understand your treatment options, here are some of the most common dental problems, and their solutions.
Tooth decay—most often in the form of cavities—can be prevented with a balanced diet as well as regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental care. Some patients are more prone to dental decay, than others. This is especially true of children, as the enamel in baby teeth is thinner, allowing decay to progress more quickly.
To prevent tooth decay and repair it as soon as possible, it is important for your child to see a dentist for regular dental exams and professional cleanings. If decay is detected at an exam, we will make a treatment plan with you for the cleaning and filling of the cavities.
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. Some parents have even 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 natural misalignment, or acquire a mal-aligned bite through bad habits or an accident.
Whatever the cause, these problems can lead to increased decay, jaw pain, jaw dysfunction, and low self-esteem. We can help monitor these situations, and will recommend the orthodontic options that are right for your child.
Excellent Oral Health Care at Christensen Pediatric Dental
Our office has the technology and expertise necessary to get your child’s oral health on the right track. To schedule a consultation, contact our office today!