October 13, 2023
Children have a lot more going on than we realize. Between naps, chores, and having to eat their vegetables, they can get swamped easily. However, as a parent, you know it’s important that they make time for oral care every day. But what can you do if your little one says their teeth hurt, or if they have sensitivities to brushing?
If you want to learn some helpful tips to keep their tooth troubles at bay, continue reading. You’ll find ways to help your child with their tender teeth.
Learn What’s Eating Them
It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing your child’s discomfort. However, you should do your best to find the root of the problem. Here are a few common conditions that can affect your child’s teeth:
Poor Oral Hygiene
If your child doesn’t brush often, their sensitivity could be coming from cavities or gum troubles. Children are just as susceptible, if not more so, to the negative effects of bacteria and plaque.
Tooth erosion happens when teeth are consistently exposed to acidic foods and fluids. If your child’s favorite drink is fruit juice, you may want to start diluting it with some water.
Development of Adult Teeth
Sometimes the process of an adult tooth pushing a baby tooth out of the way can cause sensitivity or irritation. They may start favoring one side of their mouth when they chew. If they complain about extreme pain constantly, then it could be something else and they should see a dentist.
Help Them Pick Out a Good Toothpaste and Brush
If your tender tyke is having trouble getting in the habit of brushing, they may not like the way their toothpaste tastes. They could also be experiencing discomfort with their toothbrush.
When choosing a new paste, have them choose a fun flavor like bubblegum or watermelon. If they need a new toothbrush, ensure that you pick up one with soft bristles so it doesn’t irritate their gums. Making the experience more enjoyable will help them make it a habit.
Help Them with Fluoride Treatments
If you’re worried that enamel erosion or cavities are causing your child’s discomfort, ask your dentist about fluoride treatments. Your dentist will fill some bite trays with a fun-flavored fluoride gel and have your child bite down on them for a minute or two.
This gel helps to remineralize and strengthen your child’s teeth, offering protection against wear and cavities.
Encourage Their Good Dental Habits
When your child does well, they should be rewarded. Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool to aid you in instilling good habits. One suggestion is to let them mark off days when they brush and floss with a stamp. For every week they complete, they get a small reward like a new toy, stickers, or art supplies.
Armed with this knowledge and these strategies, you now have tools at your disposal to ease your child’s sensitivity. If it seems like nothing is working, consult with your dentist and see if they have any other suggestions. On top of everything else, your child should be seeing your dentist regularly to ensure their success.
About the Practice
Dr. Ramu Vuppala and Dr. Thomas Youngblood are an energetic and knowledgeable dental team at Midland Kid’s Dentist. Their passion is giving kids of all ages positive experiences that lead to a lifetime of good dental health. With a relaxing atmosphere and the latest dental technology, they offer exceptional dental care that is convenient and stress-free. To schedule an appointment, call (432) 520-5437 or visit the website to explore other services.
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