It’s not just adults that have to worry about their dental health; children, who can struggle with keeping up healthy dental habits, can also struggle with keeping their teeth and gums healthy. Developing dental diseases earlier on in life can set your child up for a lifetime of health issues relating to their teeth, so preventing them early is important. Here are a few common dental health problems that kids can deal with, as well as a few ways to prevent them.
Tooth decay: Tooth decay can be a health issue commonly seen in children largely due to sugary diets and overall poor eating habits. Kids tend to eat more sugary foods than adults, and food particles from these sugary foods can linger on teeth. This can cause teeth to start decaying, as well as contributing to the development of other dental diseases. Help your kids by limiting the number of sugary foods you feed them on a regular basis and encouraging regular brushing.
Gum problems: Your kids might be great about remembering to brush their teeth, but are they also flossing regularly? Flossing can remove food particles and bacteria from between teeth, improving the overall health of the gums.
Teeth grinding: Tooth grinding can have a few causes, especially in childhood. It often happens during sleep in children, and often children will grow out of this harmful habit. However, if you’re concerned about your child’s tooth grinding, talk to your dentist about getting a night guard for them.
Thumb sucking: This incredibly common childhood habit can actually cause damage to the teeth and jaw over time. Regular thumb sucking can cause teeth to grow in improperly, resulting in the need for braces later on. This habit is normal and generally harmless to a certain point; just make sure your child eventually does stop sucking their thumb.
Tooth injuries: Kids get into roughhousing every now and then, and while this is fine, it’s important to take what precautions you can to keep their teeth safe. As much as 39% of dental injuries in children are caused by sports, particularly chipped and broken teeth; if your child plays a sport, make sure they have appropriate protective gear for their teeth.
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