Do you ever worry about your kids’ oral health? Unlike a common cold, and many other illnesses and injuries, it is not always easy to determine if your kids could be struggling with a dental problem, such as a cavity or even the early stages of gum disease. Fortunately your family’s restorative dentist can help educate both you and your kids about common symptoms of dental problems. That way you can be informed about warning signs to watch out for, and your kids know to come to you if they experience them.
Teach Them to Notice Common Dental Symptoms
Many dental problems produce warning signs, that can help you and your children identify an issue early on, when minimally invasive treatment should still be able to restore the oral health.
For instance, dental cavities (which are the most common problem for kids and adults, alike) frequently cause sensitivity or even discomfort while eating and drinking. They can also cause discoloration, such as grey or black patches or lines along the crevices of teeth. Gum disease is a frequent culprit behind chronic bad breath, though dry mouth can also cause bad breath. Both of which merit a dental appointment.
Take Them for Regular Checkups
Routine checkups and cleanings are one of the best ways to catch burgeoning dental issues early, and to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy, in general. Most kids should be visiting the dentist at least twice a year, however if your kids seem prone to cavities, they might need to visit even more frequently in order to adequately prevent cavities and other problems.