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The Most Common Dental Issues in Children

When it comes to dental health in children, there is one common denominator. At some point prior to adulthood, every child will experience some sort of dental issue. Some issues will be relatively mild in the scheme of things, while other problems will be more severe, requiring the services of an orthodontist. If you have children at home who are experiencing issues, you are not alone. These are some of the most common dental issues in children to be aware of.

Teething Pain

No parent likes to hear his or her child cry uncontrollably with no way of telling what exactly is bothering them. That’s what parents of babies often experience because of teething pain. Sometimes we think they are hungry, in need of a diaper change, or simply tired and cranky. Unfortunately, however, those tears may indicate something a bit more severe like teething pains. There are a number of anesthetic gels on the market safe for use in children, so if all else fails, try those.

Thumb Sucking

You may not have ever thought of thumb sucking as a dental issue, but if it isn’t nipped in the bud, it certainly can lead to a serious dental issue later on in childhood. Baby teeth are going to come out, so thumb sucking isn’t much of an issue early on unless it is left unchecked. If you allow your child to continue sucking his or her thumb when new teeth come in, you could be in need of an orthodontist because your child may be in need of braces as a result. Parents often ask if it hurts to have braces put on or taken off. For an answer to that, there is some good information on Health Row. Check it out to get an answer you can live with.

Tooth Decay

It doesn’t matter what age you are, if you don’t take care of your teeth and brush them as often as recommended, tooth decay may set in. Few things are more painful than toothaches, so teach your children from a very young age how to brush their teeth. This is a learned skill that may not come naturally to some children, so it may take a bit of time, effort, and patience on your part, but eventually, your child will get the hang of it.

Bad Breath and Gum Disease

Two more issues arising from lack of proper dental hygiene are bad breath and gum disease. These often go hand in hand because gum disease can lead to bad breath. Imagine all that bacteria floating around in your child’s mouth. Bad breath is a very good indication that your child is not brushing his or her teeth properly or as often as they should.

These are just some of the dental issues many children will experience, but they are enough to let you know that dental health is something you cannot ignore. From infants experiencing pain from teething to children in need of braces, there are a number of issues which can be effectively dealt with. Help your child from an early age learn about taking care of their teeth and many problems in adolescence can be avoided. What you do today affects your child’s tomorrow. Remember that and help them learn how to take care of their teeth.


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