Family Dental
Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS

Common Children's Oral Health Issues

April 28, 2016
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Posted By: Dr. Kenneth Edwards
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Keeping up with your child's oral health and developing great oral health habits at a young age is extremely important. It's common for children to run into conditions with their teeth and gums. Here are some of the most common issues that occur when it comes to children's oral health: 

  • Tooth decay: Tooth decay is extremely common in young children, and it can be caused by over-exposure to sugar and carbohydrates. The best way to avoid tooth decay in children is to avoid any additional sugar in your child's diet, like sugary drinks. Regular dentist visits can help to ensure that the condition is diagnosed and properly treated if it does occur in your child. 
  • Thumb sucking complications: If thumb-sucking continues past permanent teeth forming, so around the age of 5, then issues can arise. This includes teeth misalignment, and speech issues. Treatments for this vary based on your child's unique needs, but stopping thumb sucking before permanent teeth form is the best way to ensure that these complications do not occur. 
  • Early tooth loss: This is typically the result of untreated tooth decay, and it is most common in younger children who have not yet developed permanent teeth. Taking the time to not only carefully clean your child's teeth at home, but also to visit a dentist regularly can prevent early tooth loss in kids. 

These are just some of the most common complications that young children run into without proper oral healthcare. 

Children's Dentist Amherst NH

Visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings is just as important for children as it is for adults. In fact, you can start dental visits as early as 6 months with an experienced children's dentist. Most importantly, taking the time to help your child develop great oral health habits at a young age will carry through to their adult years! Your dentist will be able to assist you in developing the correct habits at an early age, and will be able to treat any early issues that do arise in your child. 

If you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule a consultation with our dentist, feel free to contact us today for more info!

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