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Common Dental Problems Found with Growing Children and Older People

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Parents and grandparents should bear in mind how much energy most children have and by playing fearlessly most of the time, it may lead to injuries, especially of the mouth and their teeth. Furthermore, we should consider what we allow them to consume and their lack of properly brushing and flossing their teeth regularly. This can cause loose or knocked out teeth, and also cavities of their baby teeth and permanent teeth.




Sometimes people think it’s not such a big deal because they will, in any case, lose their baby teeth, yet, these teeth serves an important role. Baby teeth are the space savers for permanent teeth. Plus, it helps with chewing and speaking properly. Oral care for children is very important. There are some conditions that may be commonly found but should not just be ignored.


Common problems among growing children and oral health


Decay of their teeth


It’s very important to prevent tooth decay. This can be encouraged by checkups and educate children to properly brush and floss their teeth, ensuring a healthy mouth. The dentist can assist during regular checkups to clean the teeth, scrape tartar and plaque off, applying sealants, and treatments with fluoride. These are very effective to strengthen tooth enamel and ward decay off.


Cavities in baby teeth and adult teeth can be filled with a composite of resin that would match their normal teeth color. It’s also possible to put a crown on baby teeth if necessary with severe decay. This is done to protect their tooth until it’s time to fall out.


Teeth that are sensitive


People generally think that sensitive teeth only occur among older people but small children’s enamel is actually much thinner than the enamel of adult teeth. When the enamel is worn down, cracks might form or their gums may recede to expose the tooth’s nerve endings. This typically causes pain if they drink or eat anything that is cold or hot. Sealants can be applied for strengthening the tooth enamel, or fillings can help if there is cavity present. Remember, they should use a toothbrush with soft bristles to brush their teeth.


Loose or damaged teeth


Frequently we find the tooth fairy visiting houses with small children. This is because they will lose a tooth when the permanent tooth erupts. Their baby teeth will start wiggling once it’s ready for the big tooth to come into the gum and commonly falls out by itself.


With trauma or injury to baby teeth, the dentist will try and save it instead of extracting it too early. Make sure to contact your dentist when a child loses or damages their permanent teeth as well.


About gum disease


Generally, gum diseases occur if tartar and plaque start to build up within the area of your teeth’s base close to your gums. It will lead to red and swollen gums that may also bleed when brushing teeth. Leaving it untreated may cause damage to your jaw bone and a loss of teeth. Prevention of this condition would be the best. Thus, the reason why proper habits of oral hygiene and dental check-ups regularly are so important.




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With mild cases of gum disease, normally called gingivitis, it can be treated with cleanings and a recommended routine for children to properly floss and brush their teeth.


Conditions that progress may require specific medications, antibiotics, special rinses, or deep cleanings. Remember that prevention is very important with any of these common conditions, and ensure that your child or grandchild visits the dentist from an early age and throughout their teen years. This can help them to keep a healthy mouth and bright smile for many years to come.


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