5 Common Dental Problems in Kids

Convincing the little ones to brush their teeth every day is a difficult task parents have to navigate. While it’s not exactly anyone’s idea of a fun activity, at-home oral care is incredibly important to make sure your child’s oral health is protected.

Children are prone to developing dental issues as a result of their diet, oral hygiene, and even lifestyle. To truly stay on top of your child’s oral health needs, here are 5 of the most common dental problems in kids, and how to avoid them:

1. Cavities

Cavities are caused when unwanted bacteria in the mouth start attacking the tooth’s natural enamel. They can form even in baby teeth and are usually caused by improper oral hygiene.

Cavities are one of the most common types of dental problems children face. To reduce their risk, be sure to brush your child’s teeth after every meal, and give them plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to promote more saliva production.

2. Halitosis

Halitosis (bad breath) is something everyone experiences first thing in the morning. But for children, it’s very common to notice bad breath persists even after brushing their teeth.

Bad breath can be caused by a lot of things:

  • Something the child ate, such as onions or garlic
  • Dry mouth
  • Improper hygiene
  • Cavities or a tooth infection, etc.

If the bad breath persists, you should take the little one to see a pediatric dentist and find out what’s causing it. 

3. Gum Disease

Gum disease is caused by plaque and tartar buildup in the teeth. Over time, bacteria can start attacking gum tissue and lead to inflammation and infection, even in children.

Gum disease can be avoided with good oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings. Even if you’re thorough, you may not be able to remove all food particles from the child’s mouth. Routine cleanings can reduce the risk of gum disease tremendously. 

4. Fractures and Knocked-Out Teeth

If your child falls or suffers a direct blow to the mouth, one of their teeth can chip, break, or even become knocked out.

When this happens, it’s very important to see a dentist right away. Chips and cracks may be fixed easily with dental bonding, and even a knocked-out tooth can be re-implanted if you move fast.

5. Baby Teeth Not Falling

Baby teeth usually fall on their own once adult teeth start growing and push them out. But sometimes, that doesn’t happen, and you may notice the adult teeth growing on top of the baby ones.

A pediatric dentist can help by nudging the baby's tooth out and allowing the adult one full room to grow.

Bring Your Little One to Kindred Pediatric Dentistry in Beaumont Today

If your child is dealing with any of these issues, Dr. Meghanne Kruizenga is happy to help in Beaumont. Book a consultation at Kindred Pediatric Dentistry today!

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