Your child’s teeth begin forming before birth. The time and frequency of when teeth come through the gum line vary depending on the child. Here is a general timeline of when you can expect your child’s teeth to erupt, and fall out.
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Whether this is your child’s first visit to a dentist or just their first visit to our office, we want to make sure they feel welcome and safe. You can be confident that we will care for you kids as if they were our own.
If your child is complaining about tooth sensitivity, one of the most important things you can do is try to find out what’s causing the discomfort. Knowing what’s causing the pain and where it’s coming from will help you determine how quickly you need to get your child seen by the dentist. While tooth sensitivity comes from a variety of sources, we’ve compiled a list of common problems your child may be experiencing that are causing them discomfort:
Improper brushing can lead to thinner tooth-enamel and quicker-than-normal gum reduction. To correctly clean your teeth, place your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum. Brush back-and-forth, cleaning the inner, outer and all chewing surfaces including the tongue to get rid of bacteria and bad breath.
These develop from reduced minerals and weakened or destroyed tooth-enamel. White spots on the tooth may appear to indicate decay, and if found early enough can be reversed. Using a soft-bristle brush and fluoride varnish can help reverse these effects. However, if the decay has progressed too much, a dentist will have to repair it with a filling.
Hairline cracks are quite common. While they may be difficult to see with the naked eye and even X-rays, they can be extremely painful. To ease the discomfort associated with it, rinse your child’s mouth with warm water and use a cold compress to reduce the swelling.
When primary teeth fall out and the permanent ones erupt, the air and food that comes into contact with them can cause them to be extremely sensitive.
Congestion build-up can make it feel as though your teeth are sensitive because of the sinus’ close proximity to the upper jaw.
Regardless of what type of pain your child is experiencing though, you should get them in to see their dentist as soon as possible. Prolonging treatments can have long-term adverse effects on your child’s oral health. If your child is in extreme pain, you should visit your nearest emergency room for treatment.
If you’re on-the-fence about having your child’s teeth whitened, here are a few things for you to consider that can help you decide how to proceed.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the leader on children’s teeth, explains that when the teeth-whitening subject comes up, it’s important to find out why. A 2005 study conducted by the AAPD found that many pediatric patients were concerned about the discoloration of their anterior teeth. So is teeth whitening safe for children? Here is the initial question the AAPD ask in response…
TV commercials for teeth-whitening products can be misleading, especially for children. It’s important your child knows that proper brushing and cleaning is an effective way to safely remove stains over time. However, sometimes brushing isn’t enough. There are a variety of reasons teeth can become discolored even when displaying excellent oral hygiene. Decay, tooth trauma, pulp necrosis and some antibiotics even taken by the patient are just some of the factors that can cause discoloration. If your child is experiencing discoloration even after proper brushing, talk with your dentist. If you’re concerned about using over-the-counter whitening products, your doctor may provide over-night trays or in-office procedures. If you’ve decided to let you child whiten at home, never let them take more than the recommended dosage. Primary teeth aren’t as strong as adults, so teeth sensitivity could be an issue. While you should pay attention to your children’s primary teeth to make sure they have good oral hygiene overall, remember that your child won’t get the majority of their permanent teeth until around age 12.
Before you begin, check to see how the product interacts if your child has any of the following:
- Dry mouth
- Enzymatic disorders
- Respiratory disorders
- Allergies to vinyl
- Mouth breathing
- Unrestored tooth decay
- Exposed root surfaces
- Broken teeth
- Enamel erosion
- Parafunctional grinding
- Poor oral hygiene