Dental Problems in Children: What to Expect and What Not to Expect

“Doctor just remove my son’s tooth. It keeps hurting at
night.” The most common phrase I get to hear in my daily practice.

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A Pediatric Dentist treats children up to 13 years of age (the age limit changes according to the state laws worldwide). We treat both milk teeth as well as adult teeth. With rapid urbanisation, the consumption of refined sugar in various forms has also increased amongst kids. This has resulted in a widespread increase in dental problems of children. Kids as young as two years of age have also been reporting decayed tooth, even before the arrival of all milk teeth in the mouth. Often, the decay is extensive and cannot be treated with a simple filling. In such cases, the dentists recommend a root canal treatment, followed by a cap.

Now, the dilemma sets in. Why spend so much time and money on teeth which will anyway be replaced? And why subject my kid to a painful dental procedure? Removing the decayed tooth sounds like an easy way out. Except that removal is the easy way out which will bear hard consequences.

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On average, a baby tooth stays in the mouth for seven years. Removing these teeth prematurely leads to

  • Problems in biting and chewing.
  • In very young children, loss of teeth affects speech development.
  • In the space formed by the removal of teeth, the remaining teeth get tilted, distorting the entire line of teeth.
  • Removal of the tooth is a traumatic experience for kids.
  • Removal of front teeth affects the child’s appearance. Some children may become aloof or self-conscious because of missing or crooked front teeth.
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A natural tooth is more valuable than a diamond. In spite of different treatment options available, sometimes we have to remove a tooth owing to the extent of decay it shows. Prevention of tooth decay is an important step in childcare. A pediatric dentist can give you various simple measures to avoid tooth decay and several options to save a decayed tooth. These days, with the advent of different pain-free techniques, dentistry has become mostly pain-free. Kids are regularly treated worldwide with excellent results. By the time the first tooth appears in the baby’s mouth, an appointment should be made with the pediatric dentist to learn the ways which help in maintaining the oral hygiene of the little one.

So this was all about the dental problems, one can expect in their child. Help maintain your child’s dental health, by scheduling routine check-ups with his dentist, and by following thorough oral hygiene practises at home.

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