A kid’s teeth are still in the development stage, and thus they are softer and more viable to bacterial infection than adult teeth. If left untreated, these dental conditions may cause misalignment in teeth and other serious problems in the long run. Pediatric dental problems may be due to the following reasons:
- Accumulation of plaque on the teeth due to a sugar-rich diet and poor brushing habits, causing teeth decay
- Teeth chipping, cracking, or breaking due to accidents while playing
- Due to excessive thumb and lip sucking
- Bad habits of tongue thrusting out of the mouth may misalign the teeth
Common Pediatric Dental Problems and Their Treatment
Tooth decay is a very common dental problem in children. This happens when plaque gathers on the teeth due to failure to brush or floss properly. The acid in the plaque erodes the enamel and exposes the inner, softer layers of the teeth. If it persists, cavities develop as a result of tooth decay. In such cases, the treatment removes the decay and fills in the cavity with hard, composite dental materials.
Sensitive teeth are caused in areas of decay due to excessive teeth grinding, enamel wear, and orthodontic treatment. There are a variety of treatments that can reduce the pain and teeth sensitivity in a child. A soft bristle toothbrush is often recommended, but if the sensitivity persists, contact our dentist immediately.
While children play, they may get hurt or fall down, resulting in dental emergencies such as teeth breaking, chipping, or cracking. If a permanent tooth falls out, immediately contact the dentist and schedule an appointment. The dentist may restore the tooth back to the socket and fix it using retainers.
Pediatric Gingivitis/Gum Disease
Pediatric gingivitis is more common in children with poor oral hygiene. It induces pain in the mouth, gum line, and areas of inflammation. In most cases, this can be prevented by regularly brushing and flossing teeth. If gingivitis persists for long, it turns into a more serious gum disease that can be dealt with only with a professional dentist's help.
Also known as halitosis, bad breath can be a symptom of deeper root issues if it remains throughout the day (even after teeth are brushed and cleaned). Proper oral hygiene, brushing the teeth and tongue, and cleaning your mouth with mouthwashes can hinder bacterial growth and thus the foul odor.
Please reach out to our Premier Arts Dental in Freehold, NJ, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Shah. Please call us at (732) 702-2787 or schedule an online consultation, and we'll guide you further.