Many dental problems may arise on preschoolers and school-age children. Here are some of the most common concerns that may require a visit to the dentist:
Teeth grinding. It’s pretty common among children and usually doesn’t require treatment but if it does keep going, your child is most likely to experience headaches and tooth or jaw pain. You may want to talk to us about devices to protect teeth from grinding at night.
Mouth trauma. Speaking of devices to protect teeth, active children who are engaged in sports can also benefit from mouth guard. Get them used to wearing one at an early age to save teeth from knocks and falls. Because kids are at risk for injuries when they’re playing, running, or riding a bike, it is recommended to see your dentist immediately if you child knocks out, chips, or fracture a tooth.
Thumb-sucking, lip sucking, and tongue thrusting. While most children grow out of the habit by 2-4 years, doing these for a prolonged period can affect the alignment of teeth. Again, we’re here to help if you’re concerned about your child’s thumb sucking habits.
Premature tooth loss from decay. Crooked or misaligned teeth as a result of premature tooth loss can cause a range of problems, including discomfort when chewing or biting and temporomandibular joint problems. If this happens to your child, a space maintainer can help. This will be removed once the permanent teeth begin to erupt.
Tooth decay. 90% of tooth decay in school-age children occurs in pits and fissures. Aside from proper brushing and flossing, sealants come in real handy for prevention. A thin coating seals on the chewing surfaces of teeth (the premolars and molars) that forms a protective shield over the enamel to protect vulnerable areas, such as the nooks and crannies of the back teeth.
At All About Smiles, we make sure your child will grow up with a healthy mouth and a happy smile. Schedule your child’s first dental visit today!