Your child is sure to have to face one or more dental disorders throughout their childhood, and adolescence. Very few children for instance, get through without having a cavity. Most will have to have several teeth filled along the way, and some children, for one reason or another, will be more susceptible to tooth decay. Cavities form when the natural bacteria that is present in the mouth combine with certain foods that are rich in carbohydrate content. This combination forms a plaque that damages the very structure of a tooth, and leads to tooth decay. The best way to reduce your child’s chances for getting cavities, is to make sure that they see a pediatric dentist on a regular basis. The sooner a cavity is discovered, the easier it is to treat.
Bruxism is the medical term assigned to tooth grinding. It is not unusual for children to grind their teeth from time to time, but if it becomes a persistent habit, it may cause damage to the teeth. The grinding often occurs while the child is sleeping, and may go unnoticed if parents aren’t aware that it is happening. If your child starts waking up with complaints of jaw pain, or headaches, it may be an indication that he is grinding his teeth during the night. If left untreated, the constant grinding will wear down the structure of the teeth, leading to premature loss of primary teeth, and if it is allowed to continue, may cause the need for replacement of permanent teeth. Your pediatric dentist will be able to get to the reason for the grinding, and recommend measures that you can take to stop the habit. He will probably suggest that your child wear a mouth guard while he sleeps.
Thumb sucking is a common habit of early childhood, and is usually outgrown without incident, but if it continues after the age of 3, or 4, you may consider bringing it to the attention of your pediatric dentist, who will suggest thing that you can do to help your child control the tendency.
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