5 Common Dental Problems in Kids

Did you know that you should start taking your child to see a dentist as soon as their first baby tooth appears? While it may seem odd to bring an infant to the dentist, it’s actually one of the best things you can do to ensure your child’s smile is happy and healthy.

Children can deal with lots of dental health issues, even during their baby tooth stage. Here are 5 of the most common oral issues that kids can face:

1. Accidents

One of the most common reasons parents bring their child to a dentist is because they knocked out, chipped, or cracked a tooth by accident. Your little one might love running around the house or outside, but in some cases, these fun times can result in a dental health problem.

If your child knocks out one of their permanent teeth, the dentist may be able to place it back. Simply store the tooth in a container with milk and bring your child for a consultation right away.

2. Tooth Decay

Getting a child to clean their teeth properly is a daily battle for a lot of parents. Unfortunately, cavities are another common reason why children may need to see the dentist.

Without thorough crushing, the bacteria that accumulated in the mouth can start attacking the natural tooth, leading to a small hole. Over time, the bacteria makes its way inside the tooth, causing swelling and pain.

3. Halitosis

Halitosis (bad breath) is caused by the bacteria in the mouth. Poor oral hygiene often makes bad breath worse, but in some cases, it can also be caused by other issues such as:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaw alignment issues
  • Congested nose
  • Even something the child ate

If the child’s bad breath persists and doesn’t go away even after brushing their teeth, it’s a good idea to see a dentist and see what’s causing it.

4. Tooth Alignment Issues

Not everyone gets a perfectly straight smile naturally. Many children will have to get braces to help their permanent teeth grow and develop in their most optimal position. The good news is that when addressed in childhood, such issues are much easier to treat.

5. Dental Phobia

Even adults can fear the dentist, so it’s not really surprising that your child might as well. A pediatric dental practice is better prepared to help children feel at ease and relaxed while in the dentist’s chair.

Not only that but there are also sedation options available if necessary. 

Bring Your Child to Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry in Cypress or Katy

Dr. Julia and Dr. Chun know that coming to the dentist can be scary for the little one, so rest assured they will approach the entire process with a lot of care and compassion.

If your child is due for a consultation, you can schedule an appointment at Cavity Patrol Pediatric Dentistry online.

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