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Children’s Oral Health and What To Watch For

Our youth and next generation have immense needs for their success as healthy adults. Much depends on what they eat and drink and how it all affects their teeth and gums. There are several signs and symptoms in children that can give early an warning of illnesses or diseases present in the body, and whether or not they are suited for braces, or other forms of treatment. Maintaining your child’s oral health at an early age is essential for their well-being.

Signs and Symptoms For Dental Care

In addition to scheduling bi-annual visits to your dentist for examinations and teeth cleaning, you can look out for the following signs and symptoms that your children may require treatment beyond normal dental care:

  1. Sensitivity to high and low temperature – If you notice your child is uncomfortable eating ice cream or other frozen foods, there’s a strong chance they might have tooth decay . The same also goes for hot foods.
  2. Overcrowding – As their teeth are developing, oftentimes one or more teeth get edged out. This can be a genetic problem. However, it’s best to consult with your dentist to explore the reasons and discuss options for treatment.
  3. Gums that appear redder than normal – Gum disease can begin early in a person’s life. This usually results from poor brushing habits or a heavily-sugared diet. If the gums are more red than normal, this might be a clue to the onset of gingivitis (gum disease) or some other infection in the mouth.
  4. Pain when chewing or biting – Because a child’s teeth are forming and vying for space, any painful chewing of crunchy or sticky foods or discomfort when biting down while their mouths are closed is another sign that there could be a dental issue.

Home Care

If you’re between dental visits and you sense your child is experiencing discomfort, there are some immediate ways to provide relief prior to seeing Dr. Huff.

  • Brush in a slow circular motion over the teeth with a soft toothbrush.
  • Floss twice daily and thoroughly between each tooth.
  • Use a flouride toothpaste and drink fluoridated water.
  • If pain persists, apply small dabs of clove oil to the infected areas with a cotton swab.
  • Swish warm salt water in the mouth for at least 30 seconds to prevent further bacteria from forming.
  • Avoid foods or beverages that affect sensitivity.

Precision Dentistry & Implants Is Your Answer

Dr. Matthew Huff has a strong affinity for children. Being a dad of four boys, he understands the dental needs of children and which steps are necessary to ensure their health is optimum. Whether there’s a need to pay attention to your child’s nutrition habits, or identify any hereditary dental concerns, Dr. Huff and his skilled team at Precision Dentistry & Implants are the answer to your child’s dental needs. See what the all the buzz is about in Kerrville, TX and give our office a call today!