5 Common Dental Problems in Children
1. Shark Teeth
The eruption of adult teeth usually helps to dissolve the roots of baby teeth but sometimes the process doesn’t work as it should. The term “shark teeth” refers to when children’s adult teeth start to come through before their baby or milk teeth have fallen out. The appearance of shark teeth can be frightening for children and parents alike and it is something we see regularly at our dentist.
In most cases, no treatment is necessary. Time and encouraging the child to wobble their baby teeth can help, but if the problem persists or if your child is experiencing pain or inflammation, then your dentist may be able to assess the situation and provide a solution.
2. Thumb sucking
The young years are when our teeth are in their most formative stage. Thumb sucking is one of the common dental problems from infancy and can sometimes lead to a habit that can be hard for your child to break, because it can be calming and help them to regulate their emotions.
Unfortunately thumb sucking can lead to the development of an open bite, when both the top and bottom teeth are pointed outward. It can also lead to an overbite, in which the upper teeth point outward. In extreme cases, thumb sucking can lead to a speech impediment such as a lisp.
A dentist can advise on the probability of issues developing, assess if they have already, and provide guidance on the best methods of helping your child break the habit.
3. Tooth decay
Children have a lot of other priorities than their teeth when they’re young. They want to play, have fun and discover the world, which can make it hard to get them to take an interest in their dental health. Too little brushing, inappropriate brushing technique and the consumption of sweet foods can lead to the development of tooth decay if left unchecked.
Even though baby teeth will be replaced, their health can still influence the development of adult teeth, and your children can still feel the pain or infection caused by decay or a cavity. At River City Dental, we can identify the issue and advise on whether a filling, a crown, or a watch-and-act strategy based on healthy habits is the best way forward.
4. Gingivitis and ulcers
Gingivitis is one of the another common dental problems faced. It is caused by plaque breeding bacteria and irritating the gums. The clearest signs of gingivitis include blood in the mouth while brushing, swollen gums, or complaints of gum pain. You may also be able to recognise gingivitis by bad breath. cosmetic dentistry can help by advising on the likely cause of the gum disease and undertaking a thorough clean to help reset your child’s gum health.
Ulcers are a related issues that children may experience. These appear as white, round sores in your children’s mouth, on their gums or elsewhere on the inside of their mouth lining. Ulcers are generally temporary, but their existence can point to issues that need to be addressed, and they can cause pain and stop your children from eating properly. There are treatments available at your dentist Fig Tree Pocket to help to clear ulcers and alleviate pain.
5. Premature tooth loss
Baby teeth are made to fall out, and it can be very exciting for children when they do. It means the tooth fairy will be coming and that they’ll be taking a step towards being an adult as their new adult tooth starts to grow.
However, if baby teeth fall out too early or cause pain, they can present an issue. Every child is different but generally, teeth fall out in a certain order – with one of the middle front teeth going first at around five or six years of age, and finally the molars at around 10 or 12. This order is important, because the premature loss of baby teeth can result in lost space within the mouth for adult teeth, if crowding is allowed to occur.
Tooth loss can also occur through trauma, such as a sporting or playtime incident. Our team can assist with your child’s emergency dentist needs. Just call our clinic and we will do our very best to fit you in on the same day.
Encouraging healthy habits at your dentist Indooroopilly
Even if your child has not experienced any of the above issues, it’s a good idea to bring them to their dentist for the first time early in life, and to maintain regular appointments.
Doing so can help them to develop health habits and attitudes as they grow up. It can also ensure their adult teeth come through properly and that any emerging issues are dealt with in a timely manner.
To arrange a children’s dentist appointment at River City Dental, contact our friendly team on (07) 3667 9595 or book online.
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