The overall health and well-being of your children is a top concern for any parent, and you probably already know that your children should be seen by a dentist for regular dental cleanings and exams every six months to maintain their oral health. But sometimes things happen, and your child may require a dental office visit before their next scheduled appointment.
Here are the signs and symptoms that your child may need to see a dentist right now.
Toothaches and Pain
Experiencing an aching tooth or other mouth pain is your body’s way of communicating to you that something is not right. The sooner a toothache is examined by a dentist, the sooner the cause behind your child’s discomfort can be addressed and corrected. We have emergency appointments available for anyone experiencing discomfort due to an issue with a tooth, so there is no need for anyone to be in extended pain or distress until their next scheduled appointment.
Noticeable Spots On Their Teeth
Chalky, white looking spots on the surface of a child’s teeth or a tooth that is turning brown or black with broken fragments are often signs that a dental cavity is beginning to develop or has already developed. Tooth decay can progress rather quickly, so if you notice any discoloration on your child’s teeth call to schedule an appointment right away.
Some teeth turn yellow in color due to the ingestion of certain foods or chemicals while teeth are still developing. If your child’s teeth are yellow, this could be a cause for concern depending on the extent of the situation. While yellow teeth do not always mean there is an issue, it does represent the potential for an underlying issue and should be brought to your dentist’s attention so it can be noted and monitored.
Irritated Gum Tissue
If your child complains about their gums feeling sore or irritated after they brush their teeth, it can be a warning sign of gingivitis. The first stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, can be reversed with proper treatment and improved oral hygiene.
If hot or cold foods or liquids are causing your child to have dental pain, it can be a warning sign that your child has a cavity, or that one is forming. An exposed tooth root can also cause sensitivity so it’s best to have the sensitive area examined.
A baby tooth getting ready to fall out and be replaced by a permanent tooth is often the cause of a loose or wobbly tooth in a child. Losing baby teeth is part of a child’s normal growing process and lasts from approximately 6 to 12 years old. If a permanent adult tooth is loose, then schedule an appointment for the tooth to be examined.
Delayed Permanent Tooth Eruption
Some children don’t lose their baby teeth even after the adult tooth breaks through the gum tissue and settles into place. If the adult tooth was not able to force the baby tooth out properly, the tooth is best to be assessed by a dentist, who will likely recommend your child to see an orthodontist in the future to re-align their bite.
Regular Checkups Make a Difference
Your child should be seen by a dentist right after their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. This initial visit is to help your child become acquainted and comfortable with the dentist and to pave the way for a lifetime of good dental care. After an initial exam, we recommend your child be seen for dental cleanings and exams every six months to help ensure early diagnosis of gum disease, dental cavities or any other oral health conditions.
Schedule your child’s regular cleaning and exam today with Smile Professionals.