Common Dental Problems in Children

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What You Can Do To Alleviate Common Dental Problems in Children

As a parent it is only natural to be overly concerned about your child's health. When it's your son or daughter, small scrapes can seem like major medical emergencies. While it's fine to be cautions you also need to understand that some oral health problems in children are actually quite common and can be treated fairly easily. At CT Pediatric Dentistry we are always here for your child's dental needs but we'd like to share with you some common dental problems in children and what you can do to alleviate any pain or discomfort. Obviously, if any dental problems persist, contact us immediately.


As baby teeth start to push their way through the gum line it will certainly cause discomfort for your child. This process, known as teething, can be a painful experience and will be most likely be accompanied by the cries of your child. Before you rush to the emergency room understand that this process is not the end of the world and once the tooth is visible the pain stops. Be on the lookout for telltale signs that include swollen gums, an increase in dribbling and irritability. There are several things you can do to help relieve the pain including giving your child a chilled teething ring, big hugs and a sugar-free infant teething gel.

Tooth Decay

Children's teeth do have protective enamel, but it is not as strong as an adults. When your child eats sugary foods or soft drinks the bacteria on their teeth turn into acid, which attacks the enamel. If left untreated tooth decay will begin, starting with a hole forming below the surface that eventually collapses forming a cavity. To prevent tooth decay in your child, limit how much sugar they eat. A good idea is to reserve sugary treats for special occasions and holidays. Another good idea is to start early by using fluoride toothpaste which helps the tooth prevent holes from forming by replacing lost minerals in the enamel.

Gum Disease

Gums protect the bone that holds teeth in place. For a healthy mouth it is essential that you pay as much attention to the condition of your child's gums as you do their teeth. If plaque isn't removed from the gum line through regular brushing, it can form a solid layer on the teeth called tartar. Brushing alone won't be able to remove tartar. If left untreated, tartar can make a child's gum swollen and bleed when touched. These are the early signs of gingivitis. With regular brushing and scheduled cleanings with your pediatric dentist you can help prevent gum disease from starting.

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