Even though your child may only have their “milk” teeth, it is imperative that you follow a strict oral health routine with them from an early age. Children learn young, which means getting them into the habit of brushing twice daily and flossing can help ensure they follow the same routines well into the future.
Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, advised that even with good brushing techniques, tooth decay can occur caused by germs within the mouth, this leads to sensitivity and pain for your child, which is why it is so important that you start taking your child to the dentist from an early age and maintain the regular routine appointments to ensure they enjoy continued good oral health in the future.
Children should visit the dentists for the first time once their first tooth pushes through, which is around the age of six months. It is advisable to find a dentist that has experience working with children, ensuring your child has a positive experience and reduces the risk of them suffering from dental anxiety as an adult.
Even though your child may only have their first teeth, they can still cause unwelcome pain in the event of tooth decay and cavities. Many parents are under the false impression that due to the fact their children don’t have their adult teeth yet, it doesn’t matter if they suffer. There are thousands of children throughout the world suffering from tooth pain, some are too young to explain to their parents where the pain is coming from, something a single dental appointment could clear up and the right treatment could be put in place.
In the UK alone, there are thousands of children being hospitalized each year for dental treatments. Due to their age, children have to be anesthetised during the treatment rather than putting them through the stress of keeping them still when extracting teeth.
The pain your child may be experiencing include a tooth that is painful to touch. This means that eating can be exceptionally painful and you will notice your child won’t eat or complains and cries when eating or drinking due to unwelcome sensitivity
Some children may experience a throbbing pain which is caused from the tooth, this may or may not be accompanied with a fever, similar to symptoms of coming down with a cold. If your child is showing signs of a cold, this could be a result of tooth pain.
The problem is that when a child has tooth pain, you can’t tell if it is in fact a cavity or whether there is just something stuck between the teeth which is causing irritation. You may notice the gum swelling and going red where your child associates with pain. The best solution is to make an urgent appointment with the dentist who will do a thorough examination and identify how to proceed based on what the prognosis is.
Children, as with adults, need to attend routine dental appointments. Your dentist will advise how often your child should visit the dentist. During these appointments, the dentist will conduct a thorough investigation of your child’s teeth and gums, ensuring that they are in good health. This also ensures that any potential problems are caught in the early stages, which ensures fast and effective treatment and reduces the risk of pain moving forward.
Choose a dentist that has experience working with children. These dental professionals have the ability to calm your child and make their dental visit a fun and enjoyable experience, reducing the risk of dental anxiety as they get older.