A growing child experiences many changes, some of the most important taking place in their smile. During their dental development, they will undoubtedly experience some issues that need to be addressed. As a parent, it’s important to identify when these occur. The following are some of the more common problems children face:
A cavity occurs when bacteria spread throughout the enamel. Children, in particular, are prone to develop cavities, due to a range of reasons from lack of a proper hygiene routine to going to bed with their bottle. It’s important to address cavities right when they are identified so that they don’t progress into larger issues.
Your pediatric dentist identifies and diagnoses existing caries during a routine appointment. Treating a cavity involves placing a dental filling in the affected tooth, a straightforward procedure that may even be completed in the same appointment.
Teeth that appear crowded need to be addressed sooner rather than later. The main reason is to protect your child’s orthodontic health, as this situation limits the space their teeth have to erupt properly. A crowded smile interferes with the way a child cleans their teeth. Tight spaces and grooves are breeding grounds for bacteria. If left unchecked, these make it much more likely that your child will develop tooth decay and cavities.
A pediatric dentist can both detect where crowding exists in a growing smile and recommend interceptive orthodontic options to correct these issues and shape the bite into an ideal position.
Fluorosis occurs when teeth are exposed to excessive amounts of fluoride, whether through drinking tap water or eating certain foods. This condition causes discoloration of dental enamel and is a cosmetic concern for some patients. If exposure to high amounts of fluoride continues, the teeth can also become damaged.
Signs pointing to fluorosis include white patches on the tooth enamel. Your dentist will diagnose the condition and suggest the best ways to limit your child’s intake of fluoride. As this concern can be the result of inherited factors or developed during birth, your pediatric dentist will take medical and family dental history into account.
A child’s first time visiting the dentist can be intimidating, making it important for them to go to a practice designed with their comfort in mind. If your child experiences dental anxiety, they may be fearful of stepping into a dentist’s office at all.
Recognizing that your child is afraid is an important part of finding treatment methods that work for them. You can talk to your dentist about the best ways to address dental anxiety in your child so they look forward to visiting the dentist.
If you have additional questions about the most common dental issues for children, contact Pediatric Dentistry of Garden City and schedule a consultation!