What Should Parents Do about Sensitive Teeth in Children
Does your child complain about a tooth that “hurts”? Sensitive teeth in children might be an indication of a serious issue. Adams & Seaton are the Pediatric Dentists Nashville parents consult when their children have teeth sensitivity or other dental problems.
Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth in Children
Many parents might overlook a child’s complaint about teeth hurting. However, that may not be a good idea. A trip to the dentist can determine why there is pain. These are the most common causes of tooth sensitivity:
- Sugar. All children love sweets, but too much sugar can breakdown the tooth enamel and leave your child with tooth pain.
- Cavities. If a particular tooth hurts, it might be tooth decay. As a parent you need to schedule regular checkups at the dentist to check for tooth decay.
- New Teeth. Losing baby teeth and replacing them is part of every child’s life. But this may lead to mouth pain. Usually, a trip to the dentist is not necessary for this, but limit extremely hot or cold foods which can worsen the pain.
- Tooth Damage. If there has been no trauma to the mouth, a tooth can be damaged if your child grinds his teeth. This could result in a cracked tooth. Popcorn and chips can also cause damage.
Ways to Avoid or Reduce Tooth Sensitivity
Consider these ways to avoid or treat your child’s tooth sensitivity:
- Limit Sugary Snacks. Also limit drinks that often have “hidden” sugars – such as orange juice.
- Good Oral Hygiene. Brushing and flossing twice a day will lower the risk of cavities. Toothpaste especially designed for children with sensitive teeth is available. Soft-bristle tooth brushes will also help. In order to strengthen teeth flavored fluoride treatments are available.
- Regular Check-Ups. Fillings or crowns may be necessary if your child has a cracked or chipped tooth.
Your child and his teeth are important to us at Adams Pediatric Dentistry. Make your child’s appointment today.