This article is going to be about dental issues which affect children. This can include problems with teeth alignment, cavities and early childhood caries and will cover how these issues affect children at various stages of development. Read on to find out more!
Teeth alignment issues
Believe it or not, teeth alignment is a huge problem for children. The reason is that the jaw grows and expands as your child ages. This causes the top teeth to move towards the front of the mouth. The lower teeth move towards the back of the mouth as they grow. This misalignment can cause cavities, which are painful to deal with and can be difficult to correct. Regular visits to a paediatric dentist can help to identify any alignment issues before they get out of control. The dentist will be able to use braces or retainers to straighten out the teeth as your child grows.
Early childhood caries (ECC)
Early childhood caries (ECC) is a widespread problem that affects many children. There are several causes for this issue, including the amount of sugar a child eats. The most common source of sugar in kids' diet is fruit juice, which can also contain preservatives. If your child consumes a large quantity of sugar they are at risk of developing an ECC condition. The best plan of action is to visit your local children's dentist on a regular basis to prevent severe dental issues and the pain your child will experience if ECC does occur. The dentist will treat the caries and will also provide advice on how your child's diet can impact their dental health so you can make the necessary adjustments.
If your child has a fall or other accident and knocked out a tooth, they will need to see a dentist. The dentist will be able to assess if the gum tissue has been damaged or if any parts of the tooth still remain in the mouth. If this is the case, the dentist will probably need to extract the tooth or use a local anaesthetic to numb the area before treating the gums or extracting the remaining pieces of the tooth.
If you would like to find out more, you should get in touch with a children's dentist today. They will be happy to talk you through the various ways in which they can help your child to achieve optimum dental health.