Common Causes Of Dental Problems In Children

Our Wickford children’s dentist suggests how they can be avoided.

Whilst anybody can suffer from tooth decay and other problems if they don’t take good care of their teeth, children are especially vulnerable. Without the array of knowledge that their parents will hopefully have, they will happily continue with any tooth damaging habit until, finally, toothache or another painful problem strikes.

As parents, most of us do our best to pass on our knowledge to our children in the hope that their teeth will remain strong and healthy. With this in mind, we offer patients of the Cygnet Dental Practice who are also parents, a brief guide to some of the most common dental problems found in children.

Tooth decay

Recent reports have shown that a large number of young children are hospitalised each year with tooth decay and this is no doubt exacerbated by children’s fondness for high levels of sugar. This unfortunately also coincides with a period in their life where the enamel of the teeth is still developing and is not as strong as adults. This leaves them especially vulnerable to tooth decay. The only way to avoid tooth decay in children is to reduce their sugar intake as much as possible whilst making sure that they clean their teeth well, supervising them whilst they do it. Make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste as this will strengthen the enamel, and, of course, make sure that they see their local Wickford dentist on a regular basis.

Gum disease

This one surprises a lot of patients. Children can have gum disease in the same way as adults and the prevention and treatment is just the same. Diligent cleaning of the teeth and the gums is important and regular hygienist visits are also strongly recommended to ensure that their oral health is kept on track.

Protruding front teeth

This is quite common in young children, and is often caused by either thumb sucking or thrusting the tongue on the back of the teeth. These are both comforting habits to a child and can therefore be very difficult to stop. Continually doing this for a lengthy period of time may require the child to wear braces to correct the problem later on. Our dentists will offer encouragement to stop and children will often listen to an adult outside of the family. However, you will likely also need to help the process along at home, possibly using techniques like offering rewards as well as regular reminders of the damage which can be caused.

No one likes to see their children in discomfort and you can help to reduce the chances of this by bringing them to the Cygnet Dental Practice from around one year of age for regular check ups. With good supervision, a lot of dental problems can be avoided.

If you live in the Wickford, South Woodham or Downham area and would like to arrange for your child to see a Children’s dentist at our practice, please call the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078.