As parents, it is only natural to concern ourselves with our children’s wellbeing. Of course, their oral health is no exception. Like adults, children are susceptible to oral health issues. Cavities, decay, gum disease, and other dental problems can cause sensitive teeth. Many treatments are available to treat tooth sensitivity in children as well. In this article, we will take a closer look at what causes sensitive teeth. Let’s get going.
People also ask
- How do you stop sensitive teeth pain? – Desensitizing toothpaste helps to protect nerve endings. Good oral health is another way.
- Why are my teeth sensitive all of a sudden? – You may have decay or another oral health issue. consult a dentist.
- Can tooth sensitivity go away? – Yes. Cleaning may do it. Otherwise, crowns and other procedures will help.
CAN SENSITIVE TEETH IN CHILDREN BE PREVENTED?
Preventing sensitivity in children is paramount. The preventative measures for children are the same ones that parents use themselves. Often, preventing tooth sensitivity comes down to practicing good oral hygiene. Which can prevent tooth enamel from eroding. If this occurs, the tooth’s dentin exposes. This is what triggers tooth sensitivity for most children and adults.
Yet, it is important to note that tooth sensitivity may also be a by-product of chipped teeth. Or worn fillings, and other dental problems. Nonetheless, brushing twice per day using fluoride-based toothpaste avoids many of these problems. And by flossing to remove plaque from in-between teeth. Extra steps to take to help their children avoid tooth sensitivity include:
- Limiting the number of acidic foods and drinks your child consumes
- Encouraging your child to avoid grinding their teeth
- Ensuring that they are using a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing
- Scheduling regular dental checkups with an expert dentist
- Drinking water after consuming foods or beverages with high acidity
Of course, convincing your child to give up their favorite juices is no easy task. To reduce the risk of sensitivity, insist children consume these drinks using a straw. This can cut the acidity that could otherwise damage tooth enamel.
Parents can use similar precautions to prevent children from grinding their teeth while sleeping. For example, parents can speak with their children’s dentist. Ask about recommending a dental mouth guard. These are dental appliances that cover the teeth. And can help cut down jaw clenching along with tooth grinding while sleeping.
WHEN SHOULD YOU CONSIDER TAKING YOUR LITTLE ONE TO THE DENTIST?
Proper brushing, flossing, and use of a mouthguard. These are more than enough to circumvent tooth sensitivity. The same can said for limiting foods and beverages that have high acid. Yet, if your little one is still in pain, it may be a good idea to schedule a visit with an expert dentist. One who can check their oral health. After all, dental pain is usually indicative of problems. Problems with the teeth or gums must be overcome sooner rather than later.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT WHEN VISITING THE DENTIST?
The first step in addressing one’s sensitive teeth will involve a standard x-ray. This is to identify what may be causing the problem. For example, the x-ray may reveal that your little one has a cavity. This cavity intensifies when it comes in contact with hot or cold food and beverages.
Additionally, these exams can determine if the root of the tooth has become exposed. Or if the tooth has lost a large amount of enamel. The reasons for tooth sensitivity can vary. X-rays can help either pinpoint issues that may be contributing to sensitivity. Or rule them out. That aside, some of the more common treatments include:
Fluoride treatments – This approach involves applying fluoride to the tooth. Which, in turn, minimizes pain while also strengthening the enamel.
Desensitizing toothpaste – Over-the-counter specialty toothpaste like Sensodyne can help resolve sensitive teeth When the issue stems from receding gums. Although rare, it is possible for young children to experience gum problems. The dentist can rule out other dental problems. He or she will recommend these types of toothpaste to provide pain relief.
The dentist can rule out other dental problems.
Gum grafts – Tooth sensitivity connects with receding gums. If so, the dentist may recommend a surgical gum graft. The procedure entails transplanting gum tissue. Transplanted from one area of the patient’s mouth and moving it to another area. One that has less gum tissue and is causing the root of the tooth to become exposed.
Root canal – Generally considered a last resort. A root canal can resolve tooth pain by removing the pulp of the tooth before fitting it with a dental crown. Although this procedure may sound extreme, it is quite common. Also, it is as effective in resolving tooth sensitivity in children as it is for adults.
Bonding – Bonding may depend on the severity of the tooth sensitivity. The dentist may recommend bonding. This procedure is one whereby the dentist will apply a dental resin. This resin will bond to the areas of the tooth that is causing sensitivity problems.
LET US PROTECT YOUR TEETH
The reasons why sensitive teeth happen can vary. There are a variety of treatments that can help ease the pain sensation. If you or your little one is experiencing tooth sensitivity, consider trying treatments detailed in this article. Of course, if the pain continues to persist, it would be a good idea to schedule a visit with Dr. Engel as soon as possible.
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Dr Engel holds a speciality license in pediatric dentistry from New Jersey and New York. He also has attained sedation certification, which allows for in-office oral sedation options, and he’s on staff at Hackensack University Medical Center. As an attending pediatric dentist at HUMC, Dr Engel retains operating room privileges, allowing for an array of treatment modalities and anaesthesia options.