Monday, February 16, 2015

Common Problems Treated in a Pediatric Dentistry Office

Pediatric Dentistry
As a provider of pediatric dentistry, we get to see all kind of dental challenges that children face. As teeth develop, so too do children develop habits that may be detrimental to their teeth and long-term oral health. Childhood is a time for experimenting with many new things, like new snacks and playing sports, some of which could end up damaging a child's teeth. As such we have the ability to work with your child from a young age to help reinforce some of the good behaviors you are teaching them, while also identifying possible problems early on and working proactively to fix them. Kids' dental care is much different from adult dental care since it involves a mouth that is growing, developing, and constantly changing. While more challenging, working with a child's teeth also gives us the opportunity to put them on a path to strong, healthy, and positive oral habits.
As a kids dental care provider, the most common problem we see are children that come in with cavities, or decay that is threatening to become a cavity. Given how much most children love to eat sweets, especially the sticky kind that does so much damage to the enamel, most kid's dental care providers anticipate that children will develop some cavities. The important thing for parents to note is that cavities and decay can be avoided with the right kind of supervision and by teaching your children good habits. Candy, while delicious, is no friend to the teeth and should be restricted as much as possible. Also getting your children into the habit, which may be enforced by you at first, of rinsing their mouth after meals and particularly after eating something high in sugar, can help reduce the occurrence of decay and cavities.
Some of the most common pediatric dental problems that we see on a regular basis are:
  • Tooth Decay: Caused by leftover deposits of food in the mouth, tooth decay is one of the easiest problems to curtail. Carbohydrate-rich foods like candy and cookies, which children are so fond of, form a buildup of plaque on the teeth. This plaque releases acid, which in turn attacks the child's enamel and ultimately results in tooth decay. In our pediatric dentistry office, we can give your kids a fluoride treatment to help protect their teeth from decay.
  • Sensitive Teeth: Just like adult providers, kids dental care providers find that children too can develop tooth sensitivity. Hot and cold food or drinks can cause a child to wince in pain if they have a sensitive tooth. Often time's sensitive teeth are caused by the wearing down of tooth enamel or the occurrence of microscopic cracks. 
  • Grinding: Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is very common among children. This can be especially prevalent at night. Typically, children will outgrow this habit as they get older, but in order to protect the permanent teeth it may be necessary to prescribe a night guard for the child. Grinding can, and usually does, wear away the enamel on the teeth causing a lot of pain and may even lead to sensitivity in the teeth. 
In our pediatric dentistry office, we can help your child to feel comfortable and stay in excellent health through regular teeth cleanings and exams.