Most Common Oral Health Problems of Children

It’s Not Always Dental Cavities

While caries or tooth decay is the most common oral health issue in children in the US, there are other oral problems that are quite common as well. Learn what other problems are the most commonly seen by dentists aside from caries.

Tooth sensitivity in children is very uncomfortable and distracting. Apart from dental caries it can be due to cracks or chips in the enamel, teeth grinding that can lead to enamel erosion, an erupting permanent tooth, or orthodontic appliance.

Tooth misalignment or malocclusion is an orthodontic problem. Teeth are crooked or overcrowded and affect the bite of the child. Genes can lead to malocclusion, so is excessive thumbsucking. The condition may cause trouble eating, breathing, and speaking. Some may also have gum disease and TMJ problems.

Dental emergencies among children are quite common. Kids can have falls, accidents while playing or during sports which can happen in the home or outside. Teeth can suffer cracks and chips, and sometimes an entire tooth or two can be knocked out, and gums can be cut and bleed.

Gum disease is surprisingly common in children. It is particularly aggressive and manifests early in children with poor oral hygiene and nutrition. Pediatric gingivitis is characterized by gum swelling, redness, and bleeding during brushing or flossing.

Dental anxiety and phobia. Kids and teens are fearful of the dentist especially if their initial experiences caused pain and discomfort. This anxiety manifests as tantrums, avoidance, and panic attacks that need to be addressed. It can carry over to adulthood.

Thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, particularly if excessive and chronic, can cause issues in teeth development. Open bites are the usual resultant condition that can affect biting and chewing, as well as speaking. Tongue thrusting is also common in kids and can lead to open bites.

Bad breath in children is usually due to eating stinky food, excessive sugary snacks or drinks, as well as poor oral hygiene practices. A decaying tooth also contributes to foul breath in children.


Preventing Children’s Dental Problems in Bellevue

One of the best ways to protect your children’s oral health and lower their risk of oral issues is to have regular dentist visits. Your Bellevue dentist says, prevention is better than cure.