Dental health is important for both adults and children. A bright, healthy smile can be a good indicator of overall health. But dental issues do occur, and it’s important to know what to look for to avoid pain, discomfort, or long-term issues associated with dental problems – especially in our kids. Even with the best of intentions, it can be difficult to know what dental issues to watch for in your child and how to address them. So what are some of the most common dental issues in kids and how can your pediatric dentist help?
Tooth decay is one of the most common dental issues among children. It is caused by bacteria in the mouth that produce acid which eats away at the enamel of the tooth. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to cavities, pain, and infection. It is important to watch for signs of tooth decay in your child, such as sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks, pain when chewing, and visible holes or pits in the teeth.
The board certified pediatric dentists at Bay Area Kids Dentist are experts in treating tooth decay in children. We use the latest techniques and technology to diagnose and treat decay, including digital X-rays, fluoride treatments, and sealants. We also provide education on proper oral hygiene to help prevent tooth decay from occurring in the first place.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria in the mouth. It can lead to red, swollen, and bleeding gums, as well as bad breath and tooth loss. Gum disease is more common in adults, but it can occur in children as well, especially those with poor oral hygiene or certain medical conditions.
At Bay Area Kids Dentist, we take gum disease seriously and work to prevent it in our young patients. We provide regular cleanings and exams to remove plaque and tartar buildup, as well as offer education on proper oral hygiene techniques. If a child does develop gum disease, our board certified pediatric dentists can provide specialized treatment to address the issue and prevent further damage.
Malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth, is another common pediatric dental issue. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, thumb-sucking, and injuries to the mouth. Malocclusion can lead to a variety of problems, including difficulty chewing, speech issues, and self-esteem problems.
At the first sign of possible issues, we work to identify and provide the best possible care for your child. This may include a referral to an orthodontic specialist such as our sister clinic, Bay Area Orthodontics. They offer a variety of treatments, including braces and Invisalign, to help straighten your child’s teeth and improve their overall dental health.
Dental emergencies can, and do, happen, but they can be especially frightening for parents. Common dental emergencies in children include broken teeth, knocked-out teeth, and severe tooth pain. It is important to know what to do in case of a dental emergency and to have a trusted pediatric dentist on hand.
At Bay Area Kids Dentist, our board-certified pediatric dentists are available to address dental emergencies for our young patients. We offer same-day appointments for emergencies and provide expert care to address the issue and prevent further damage.
As a parent, it is important to be aware of common pediatric dental issues and to have a trusted pediatric dentist on hand to provide expert care. At Bay Area Kids Dentist, our board-certified pediatric dentists are committed to providing the highest quality, anxiety-free, dental care for your child. Whether your child needs a routine cleaning or treatment for a more serious issue, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or office tour.