Sierk Children's Dentistry

The Most Common Dental Issues in Children

November 18, 2022
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Posted By: Dr. Jonathan Sierk

Parents always want the best for their kids and their oral health. From the time their teeth grow in, it’s important to promote good oral hygiene and habits to avoid common dental concerns children face. Because dental-related problems are common in children and teens, preventive care is essential. 

Here are some of the most common dental issues in children. 

1. Tooth Decay 

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases that affects American children. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infections that lead to problems with eating, speaking, and learning. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Children with poor oral health miss more school and receive lower grades than children who don’t.”

Fortunately, cavities are preventable with brushing, flossing, regular dental cleanings, and fluoride and sealant treatments. The CDC also states children who brush with fluoride toothpaste have fewer cavities, and dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities. 

2. Tooth Sensitivity 

Tooth sensitivity can occur because of different factors. Your dentist can diagnose the underlying problem and even prevent this from happening through routine dental x-rays and cleanings. The following can lead to sensitive teeth:

  • Cavities
  • Newly erupted permanent (adult) teeth
  • Enamel wear 
  • Teeth grinding 
  • Cracked or missing filling 
  • Orthodontic treatment 

3. Dental Emergencies 

Dental emergencies can happen anytime, even when we’re cautious. Kids can accidentally chip, crack, or break a tooth by playing sports, roughhousing with friends, or falling off their bikes. There’s only so much parents can do to avoid emergencies like this, but our team is always here when you need us. Dr. Sierk is a compassionate and gentle emergency dentist who can diagnose the concern, relieve pain, and find a solution for your child’s smile. 

4. Gum Disease 

Gum disease doesn’t just affect adults; pediatric gum disease is also an issue some kids face. Signs of gum disease include gums that are red, swollen, or bleeding, especially while brushing and flossing. Poor oral hygiene can cause gum disease, which is why it’s so essential your child practices good oral hygiene and receives routine dental checkups.  

5. Chronic Pacifier Use and Thumb-sucking 

Many small children soothe anxiety with pacifiers or thumb-sucking. However, a prolonged habit can affect children’s dental development. Excessive pacifier use and thumbsucking can cause an open bite––when the upper front teeth don’t properly meet the lower front teeth. Ultimately, this habit can make it difficult to bite, chew, and speak clearly. 

Call Our Pediatric Dentist in Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines

Sierk Children’s Dentistry provides comprehensive pediatric dentistry to Highlands Ranch, Castle Pines, and the surrounding areas. We love helping small teeth grow into beautiful, healthy smiles. Contact us today to schedule your child’s dental checkup with Dr. Sierk. 

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