Children may not know exactly what is going on with their own oral health. After all, they haven't had those chompers for long. It's up to you as the parent to keep an eye out for issues that may be concerning and get your child to a pediatric dentist for a checkup and exam. Read on for a few dental issues to keep an eye out for in your child.
Inability To Chew
If your child is suddenly having a difficult time chewing, it may be an issue with your child's teeth. Your child could have a cavity, infection, or some other type of problem that you may not be able to see for yourself, and your child may not be able to identify the pain properly. Taking your child to the dentist is the best idea to be sure it doesn't worsen. A cavity in a baby tooth may mean having the tooth pulled out, as these are not always filled. Leaving it open could cause an infection or affect the tooth lying in wait below the surface.
Swollen gums can happen if there is an infection, or it could be from the adult tooth coming in and trying to push the baby tooth out of the way. This type of eruption of the adult tooth may be cause for the baby tooth needing to be pulled out to allow space for the adult tooth. Take your child to the dentist to see what needs to be done. If the swelling is from an infection, it may need to be treated with medication, but it should be treated to prevent worsening the infection or causing your child any further pain.
Sores in the mouth can be caused by acidic foods, from biting the lip or scratching the gum, or they can be caused by other things as well. If your child is getting mouth sores often, take your child to the dentist for a checkup to rule out any other type of issues. Sores in the mouth can be treated with over the counter medications, but in some cases, they may need to be treated with prescription medicine.
These are just a few dental issues to keep an eye out for. If your child is complaining about their teeth, mouth, gums or tongue hurting at all, take your child to the dentist for a checkup and exam. Be sure to brush your child's teeth twice daily and continue to watch your child as they begin to brush their teeth on their own. Make a dental appointment every six months for a thorough cleaning and exam for your child.Share
24 July 2019
Being born with naturally soft teeth, I've spent a lot of time in and out of the dentist's office. Not only have I learned a lot about basic dental care, I've also discovered many tips for dealing with broken teeth, extractions, implants, and more. I decided that I wanted to make the most of my experience by sharing what I've learned with others. True first-hand experience is a great teacher, and I knew that my story could help. I created this site to do just that, and I hope that the information here helps you to understand what to expect from your dental problems.