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3ThingsYouMightNoticewithYourChildsTeethThatNeedaDentist

Dental disease doesn’t discriminate by age. Although certain types of disease are more common in adults, children are just as susceptible, particularly to tooth decay.

Unfortunately, the early signs of disease in a child’s teeth can be quite subtle—that’s why you as a parent should keep alert for any signs of a problem. Here are 3 things you might notice that definitely need your dentist’s attention.

Cavities. Tooth decay occurs when mouth acid erodes tooth enamel and forms holes or cavities. The infection can continue to grow and affect deeper parts of the tooth like the pulp and root canals, eventually endangering the tooth’s survival. If you notice tiny brown spots on their teeth, this may indicate the presence of cavities—you should see your dentist as soon as possible. To account for what you don’t see, have your child visit your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

Toothache. Tooth pain can range from a sensitive twinge of pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods to a throbbing sharp pain. Whatever its form, a child’s toothache might indicate advancing decay in which the infection has entered the tooth pulp and is attacking the nerves. If your child experiences any form of toothache, see your dentist the next day if possible. Even if the pain goes away, don’t cancel the appointment—it’s probable the infection is still there and growing.

Bleeding gums. Gums don’t normally bleed during teeth brushing—the gums are much more resilient unless they’ve been weakened by periodontal (gum) disease (although over-aggressive brushing could also be a cause).  If you notice your child’s gums bleeding after brushing, see your dentist as soon as possible—the sooner they receive treatment for any gum problems the less damage they’ll experience, and the better chance of preserving any affected teeth.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentistry
March 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Don't Cause A Tooth Problem!everyday day things that can cause a tooth problem

There are lots of things you need to do everyday  in order to keep your mouth healthy.  By doing that you prevent a tooth problem.  But can you overdo things trying to be healthy and cause that tooth problem. Or do you have an unhealthy habit?  Let's take a look at some common at home dental care issues.

Do you use too much mouthwash?  Who doesn't want fresh breath?  But if you are taking a  mouthfull of mouthwash multiple times a day it could cause a dental problem.  Many products are high in alcohol and have a certain acid content.  Limit yourself to once or twice a day.

Do you eat too many acidic foods?  Certain juices, vegatables and fruits are acid rich.  Some of those include citrus fruits and tomatoes.  They can leave an acid coating on your teeth.  They may be health foods but in large amounts can hurt your teeth.  Cut that acid with some milk or a piece of cheese.  That can protect your enamel.                                                         .

Do you use tooth whiteners?  Heavy use of tooth whiteners either professional or OTC can cause some temporary tooth sensitivity.  If this is true for you then take a break from the whitener and let your teeth recover for a day or two.  The sensitivity should go away.

Do you brush your teeth too hard?  We see this problem regularly.  People either brush too hard or don't use a soft bristle brush.  This wears through the outer layer of the tooth usually causing temperature sensitivity.  Like we say, dont hurry, don't rush, do it right, when you brush.

Do you chew on ice or hard candy?  Chewing on hard objects can seriously damage your teeth.  Repeated abuse can cause tooth cracks and fracture, even tooth loss.  Don't be abusive to your teeth.

Do you grind or clinch your teeth?  Your tooth enamel is exceeding strong but you can overcome it by constantly grinding or clinching your teeth.  Get a mouth guard of some type to prevent the serious wear and tear.

Be good to your mouth.  Eat healthy foods, brush and floss daily and see your dentist regularly.  Your teeth will certainly appreciate it.

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