According to some recent studies, approximately 1 in 5 children between the ages of 5-12 have experienced tooth decay.
This is a staggering figure and illustrates the importance of understanding dental and oral health in children.
Being a parent, without having the experience to understand the intricacies of paediatric dentistry, it’s difficult to diagnose any issues your children may have.
However, there are preventative measures that parents can teach their children by developing the necessary oral hygiene habits.
Therefore, we have decided to compile a list of the most common issues associated with the dental health of young children.
1. Cavities (Tooth Decay)
This is the most common issue that plagues children from a young age as they struggle with their newly grown teeth.
In general, there are many reasons associated with tooth decay and it often has to do with their diet for example, sugary sweets, soft drinks etc.
While it’s important to control their diet it’s also essential to recognise how quickly cavities can form.
Most children that end up at a dental clinic end up there due to cavities and have to be treated as soon as possible due to the excruciating pain.
Once the qualified paediatric dentist has completed an examination and carried out the necessary treatment, they will make a recommendation to prevent any further cavities from appearing.
2. Inefficient Dental Hygiene
This is one of the more underrated dental issues that pop up with young children.
In fact, this is an issue that plagues people of all ages in regards to the world of dentistry.
Having poor dental hygiene has a lot to do with one’s regular routine in the bathroom.
Children will often do the bare minimum (i.e. brush their teeth once a day) and ignore everything else.
This is why it is important to provide comprehensive guidance with regards to brushing twice a day and flossing when possible.
This is the best way to handle these concerns before they lead to tooth decay.
To help with these issues, the dentist will also offer advice when the child comes in for a visit.
3. Misaligned Teeth
This can happen for a number of reasons (i.e. tongue thrusting, thumb sucking) and it’s important to have an experienced dentist to determine the cause.
Teeth can easily move around in children’s mouths because of how the gums and roots develop.
Furthermore, any type of continuous force applied to the same teeth, such as thumb sucking, will cause the teeth to grow crooked.
This is why children that suck their thumbs can often end up with the teeth protruding forward causing “buck teeth”.
4. Early Tooth Loss
This is not as rare as some may assume and has become a common issue in dentistry.
Most young children that visit the dental clinic complain about missing teeth, and this can arise from the formation of bad habits. This can include:
- Thumb Sucking
- Tongue Thrusting
- Tooth Decay
- Crowded Teeth
A qualified dentist needs to assess the oral cavity to pinpoint what the main issue is before coming up with a viable solution.
Dentistry is for people of all ages but it’s best to start at a young age.
Parents are asked to bring their children in for regular appointments in a bid to keep their teeth as healthy as possible.
This is the only way to ensure their dental health is taken seriously and everything is in order with regards to their oral and overall health.
By visiting a trusted dental clinic, children’s teeth can be preserved and kept in good condition and hopefully last a lifetime!
Vineyard Dental Clinic offers a full array of dental services in Sunbury to help you and your family maintain healthy teeth.
We work with children, and adults, to find the most suitable solution to their unique issues.
To learn more about the services we provide, contact us today on (03) 9740 2048 or visit our dental practice in Sunbury