The Most Common Dental Problems in Children

The Most Common Dental Problems in Children

Critical development occurs during childhood. Your son’s or daughter’s body grows, and so does their mind. As their parent, you want to make sure that everything is moving along as it should. That probably means regular trips to your pediatrician and keeping an eye out for common childhood health challenges.

Dr. Aziza Askari, Dr. Emad Hajar, Dr. Sophia El Muradi, and the rest of our family dentistry team want to join you on your mission to keep your child healthy. That’s why we offer family dentistry care here at Livonia Family Smiles. With regular visits to our office, we can work with you to keep your child’s oral health on the right track. 

Additionally, so you can be on the lookout for potential issues at home, we want to highlight some of the most common dental problems in children. 

Cavities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20% of kids ages 5-11 have untreated tooth decay

The good news is that cavities are both preventable and treatable. A fluoride toothpaste can go a long way here, as can establishing consistent oral health habits at home. 

Many cavities aren’t visible, and you don’t want to wait until your child is in pain to identify one. Visit our office twice a year so we can check your child’s mouth for any signs of tooth decay. If we find a cavity, we can fill it to prevent further decay and protect them from smile problems and discomfort.

Teeth misalignment from bad habits

The things your child does each day can shift their teeth in their mouth over time. Some of the most common culprits for teeth misalignment in kids include:

Breaking a habit is a challenge, but it only gets harder the longer your son or daughter maintains the habit. 

Premature tooth loss

If your son or daughter loses a baby tooth early, you might not think it’s a big deal. After all, their adult tooth will eventually grow in its place, right?

Yes, but the gap in their smile could cause problems. Specifically, it could allow the remaining baby teeth to shift around. When the time comes for the adult tooth to emerge, it could come in out of alignment, depending on where the baby teeth have moved.

If your child loses a tooth early, talk to our team. We can help to protect their smile. 

Gum disease

Healthy gums make for a healthy mouth. If your child’s gums look red or inflamed, or if you notice them bleeding when brushing or flossing, come visit us. Gum disease can usually be easily treated when it’s caught early. 

Our team here at Livonia Family Smiles wants to partner with you to protect your child’s oral health. To schedule their biannual checkup, call our office in Livonia, Michigan, today.

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