Tooth decay is a major concern for parents of children. The dental concerns of children go beyond cavities. They may include speech, breathing, and eating problems as well. To prevent these problems, it is vital for parents to take their children for regular dental checkups. At We C Kids Dental, our pediatric dentist is aware of the importance of early oral care and provide the best services to our young patients.
What Are the Common Issues in Children's Teeth?
The primary cause of tooth decay in young people is their consumption of sugary foods and drinks. As they tend to leave their teeth longer when they grow up, it is important to get them to brush their teeth twice a day to remove plaque and tartar buildup. If not treated on time, cavities could form and lead to tooth decay and abscesses.
Gum disease is another common dental issue in children. It occurs when the gums start to recede, forming deep pockets that trap food particles and cause infection. The gums near the front teeth are most vulnerable to gum disease as they get exposed during brushing.
A tooth abscess occurs when the tooth roots are infected due to a cavity or gum disease. It can be quite painful and lead to the formation of a hole in the tooth, exposing the pulp inside it. When left untreated, it could spread to other teeth as well as lead to fever and severe pain. Hence, it is crucial to treat a tooth abscess right away.
Mouth Breathing Disorders
While treating a tooth abscess, our kids' dentist may have to extract the infected tooth as well. For this purpose, the mouth may have to be numbed with local anesthesia. This would lead to mouth breathing for several hours, which can affect your child’s breathing by making them breathe through the nose instead of the mouth. This can lead to snoring or sleep apnea in older children and teenagers.
Erosion of Enamel
Young children are always into something or the other and tend to gnaw at things with their teeth. This action leads to erosion of enamel in places where there are no teeth or at the biting surface of molars and premolars. It can even reveal the underlying dentin if not treated on time, leading to tooth sensitivity or cavities on occlusal surfaces.
Speech And Eating Problems
Problems with biting or chewing food could affect how a child speaks or eats food by causing speech impediments or misalignment of teeth called malocclusion. Our pediatric dentist will conduct thorough examinations and suggest suitable orthodontic solutions if required.
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