What are the Common Issues of Dental Health in Children?
Your child’s dental health is incredibly important. As a parent or guardian, you want to know that their smile is healthy and bright for life. Unfortunately, children are often more susceptible to certain dental health concerns when compared to adults. Knowing more about these issues and how to prevent and treat them can help in providing your child with a smile they can feel confident to show off.
Children are often more prone to tooth decay compared to adults. This often has to do with the fact that kids don’t always brush and floss their teeth properly. It’s not uncommon for kids to tell their parents they’re brushing their teeth, only to be simply skimming the surface and never reaching those difficult areas. Likewise, children often don’t have the best dietary habits. They are more likely to go to sugary drinks and candies than foods that are healthier. In order to prevent tooth decay in kids, it’s important to supervise their brushing habits each day and to help them floss between their teeth. Try your best to limit the amount of sugary drinks and snacks they consume as well.
It’s not uncommon for teeth to not be perfectly straight. As your child’s primary (baby) teeth begin to fall out, the permanent teeth can come down and look crooked, crowded and misaligned. This is why it is important to consider early orthodontic treatment, which involves beginning to straighten their teeth even while some of the baby teeth are still in place.
Tooth Trauma and Injury
Kids play rough, and it’s not uncommon for them to deal with broken, cracked, fractured or chipped teeth. In more serious cases, a tooth may even be knocked out completely. If a tooth is knocked out of its socket, it’s important to take action immediately. The tooth may be able to be saved by placing it back into the socket by a dental professional. Place the tooth, unwashed, into a glass of milk or a glass containing your child’s saliva. Bring the tooth and your child to the dental office immediately for emergency treatment.
Baby Bottle Rot
Baby bottle rot is quite common, and it is caused by persistent feeding throughout the night. Your child might continually ask for bottles all night long, and because they are not brushing away the milk residue, it can cause the teeth to become decayed. This can cause the need for premature extractions of decayed baby teeth, which can affect how your child eats, chews and speaks.
Pacifier Use and Thumb Sucking
Pacifiers are a great way to calm down a fussy baby, but they can also lead to a variety of orthodontic issues down the road. Pacifiers as well as thumb sucking can cause a condition known as an open bite. This is when the front upper and lower teeth simply cannot and will not come down to meet and overlap. Essentially, there is a large gap between the anterior (front) teeth.
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