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How to Help Your Child Avoid Common Oral Health Problems

Last updated 5 years ago

Sometimes, even when you do everything right, your child may experience oral health problems. Your pediatric dentist can offer a wealth of information concerning your child’s dental health as well as treatment options. However, many oral health complications are completely preventable. Here are some common dental problems associated with childhood:

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby bottle tooth decay develops when a child has frequent access to a bottle. You should offer a bottle when needed, but avoid using a bottle to put your child to sleep or to soothe. Additionally, make sure that you are only offering breast milk, formula, or water in the bottle. Never put juice, soda, tea, or other sugary drinks into a bottle.

Thumb Sucking
For the most part, children either suck their thumbs constantly, or they don’t at all. This behavior is usually evident almost immediately after birth. It is quite common for babies to suck their thumbs, and it isn’t a real cause for concern unless the child continues past age five. Thumb sucking after this age can cause problems with the teeth. Encourage your child to give up the thumb and offer praise for positive behavior. If it continues, ask your children’s dentist for advice.

Tongue Thrusting
Tongue thrusting may interfere with speech development. Generally, a speech pathologist is the best ally for correcting a tongue thrust.

Early Tooth Loss and Cavities
Early tooth loss is usually a result of severe decay or an injury. Take your child to a children’s dentist regularly, and encourage proper oral care. Provide mouth protection if your child participates in sports to prevent injury.

For more information about children’s oral health problems, or for an appointment with a kids’ dentist, contact us at Best Kids Dentist. We offer pediatric dentistry services as well as orthodontics. Call (718) 491-5300 to learn more today!


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