10 Common Pediatric Dental Problems To Look Out For In Kids

If you have a child, it’s important to pay attention to their oral health and see a dentist like Dr. Talar Guldalian regularly to keep their smile healthy. Wondering what common problems may affect your child as they grow? Find out below in this guide from Nova Dental

1. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the #1 most common chronic preventable childhood disease in kids of all ages. Minimize your child’s sugar intake, make sure they’re brushing and flossing regularly, and come to Nova Dental every six months for an appointment to keep their teeth healthy. 

2. Bad Breath

Bad breath can often indicate improper oral hygiene. If your child’s breath is stinky for a long period of time, make sure they’re brushing and flossing properly. 

3. Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding often happens when kids are teething or have an earache. The pressure can help resolve this discomfort. However, it could also indicate an issue with their bite alignment.

4. Sensitive Teeth

Baby teeth are thinner than adult teeth, so they are prone to being more sensitive. If your child is sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks, dental sealants from Nova Dental can help. 

5. Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking should cease before the age of 2-3. If it persists for longer, thumb sucking can cause serious oral development issues when your child’s adult teeth start to erupt.

6. Gingivitis

While it’s less common in kids, this chronic inflammation of the gums is caused by improper oral hygiene. If you notice bleeding gums, gum sensitivity, gum discoloration, and gum swelling, your child may have gingivitis.

7. Canker Sores

Canker sores are harmless, but can cause a lot of pain or discomfort. They can form anywhere inside the mouth, and have a white or gray center and a red border. If your child frequently gets canker sores, Dr. Guldalian may recommend steps like rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash. 

8. Premature Baby Tooth Loss

This can happen due to cavities or an oral injury. If your child loses a tooth too early, it needs to be replaced with a “space maintainer” to keep their teeth aligned properly, and avoid future oral development issues.

9. Baby Teeth That Don’t Fall Out 

The opposite of the previous problem, this can happen if a baby tooth doesn’t loosen properly over time. Dr. Guldalian will assess the situation and recommend the proper treatment, such as a tooth extraction to remove the “stuck” tooth. 

10. Dental Anxiety 

Kids are often nervous about going to the dentist. At Nova Dental, we offer gentle numbing, expert sedation, and a caring, child-friendly environment to help your little one get the care they need.

Contact Us For A Consultation Today! 

Worried about any of the above pediatric dental problems? Come to Nova Dental today for an appointment with Dr. Guldalian, and make sure your child’s mouth is healthy and free of any major oral health problems. Contact Nova Dental online or call us at (781) 369-5722 to get started.

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