Tooth Decay and Fluorosis
As soon as the first tooth appears, your child’s teeth are at risk for tooth decay. If it is left untreated it may develop into adolescent periodontitis. Fluorosis is caused by excessive fluoride consumption and can develop in later childhood. Fortunately, both conditions can be easily prevented through regular dental check-ups and home care.
Sensitive teeth are a common problem in both adults and children. As your child’s teeth expand and contract according to changes in temperature, this can cause pain or irritation. This may be magnified by receding gums, microscopic cracks, or worn enamel. If your child has sensitive teeth, contact your pediatric dentist to learn how to treat the symptoms.
Starting with plaque buildup, gum disease can develop even in young mouths. Early symptoms include gingivitis, or red and swollen gums. Untreated, this develops into periodontitis, which may require tooth removal or other more invasive dental procedures. However, most forms of gum disease can be prevented through regular flossing and brushing.
Also known as aphthous ulcers, these small sores regularly develop inside the mouth. They are easily recognizable—having a white or gray-colored base, surrounded by a red, inflamed border. Usually canker sores only last 1-2 weeks, but this may be shortened by using a topical medication or antimicrobial mouthwash.
One of the most common dental problems for children is thumb and finger sucking. Most children stop this habit between 2 and 4 years old. However, finger-sucking beyond this age can cause or exacerbate naturally occurring open bites, horizontal overlap of the front teeth, crossbites, and the misalignment of the teeth and oral arches. Your pediatric dentists can provide many preventative options that discourage these habits. Contact Preece, Church & Associates to see what thumb-sucking therapies will work best for your child.
Preece, Church & Associates wants to make sure our patients get the care they need when they need it. If you suspect your child might be suffering from these issues or any other dental complaint, contact our dental team and dentist in Fort Worth and Saginaw, Texas, to speak with an experienced practitioner.