West Jordan Pediatric Dentistry, 7613 Jordan Landing Blvd. #210, West Jordan, UT 84084. 801-280-9595

At Jordan Landing Pediatric Dentistry, we see many different dental problems that can occur when a child’s mouth is developing. In order to prevent these things from happening to our patients, our doctor always stress that by starting your child early on an oral hygiene routine and by scheduling regular dental check-ups, you can help your child avoid common dental problems and subsequent costly procedures. Read below for some more information on these common problems, and how you can help prevent them.

Tooth Decay

When teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at tooth enamel. The following carbohydrate-rich foods can leave deposits on your teeth:

  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Soft drinks
  • Fruit juices

The deposits that are left bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque around your teeth and gums. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth, with harmful tooth decay resulting. It is very important for your child to maintain an oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing in order to avoid harmful and costly tooth decay.

Sensitive Teeth

Many patients experience the feeling of sensitive teeth, when your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature. Hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth.

Gum Disease

Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria called plaque. Gums in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing. Make sure your child adheres to these preventive measures in order to avoid gum disease later in life.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small sores inside the mouth that often recur over time. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of painful canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. The canker sore has a white or gray base surrounded by a red border.

Orthodontic Problems

A bite that does not meet properly (a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of bad bites include:

  • Missing or extra teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned jaws

Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusions as well.

Many of these common dental problems can be prevented through good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. If your child develops any of these problems, don’t fret! Jordan Landing Pediatric Dentistry’s office is well equipped to handle any pediatric dental emergency or problem for all children, specializing in special needs children, in a safe, loving, comfortable and friendly environment! If your child is experiencing any of the above common issues, please feel free to contact one of our office locations for more information or to schedule an appointment.