If you have a young child, you know how energetic they can be. At the same time, you know when something is wrong. If they are complaining about their mouth or tooth hurting, you should take it seriously because it could be a serious problem.
At Bilski Family Dentistry, we often see young children who are complaining about a toothache, and after we take a look, we find that they have a decayed baby tooth. This decay is painful for your child because it exposes the nerves in the more sensitive layers of your child's teeth.
This can also lead to infection, which can cause even more painful problems. In most cases, we have to extract the tooth, which is no fun for the kids, or the parents, or the parents' wallets, especially because it can all be prevented!
Another reason your child may have a toothache could be that their roots have dissolved. This is natural as children grow; however, the gum is so fibrous, and it holds onto the tooth like a rubber band causing bacteria to form in between the gums and the tooth.
So, what do you do to prevent your child from having a toothache? Avoid sugary drinks and foods. We know how much children love sugar, so this isn't always going to happen. So, make sure that they brush their teeth after having a lot of sugar.
We also suggest you start bringing your child to the dentist with you when they are around two years old. This way, they become familiar with the process and recognize that it is not a scary place and can even be fun!
We recommend check-ups twice a year, just like the adults. During these visits, we give them fluoride and look to see if they need sealants. Sealants reduce cavities by 75-80%!
If you have a young child who is complaining about a toothache, take it seriously and get them to the dentist, as it could be infection or decay, and we can help them feel better! However, it is always better to prevent this with regular check-ups and brushing!
If you have any questions about our practice or if you want to schedule an appointment, contact us at Bilski Family Dentistry today!