Signs that a Child Needs to Visit a Kid's Dentist
As a kid's dentist, we help to prevent oral health problems. We encourage parents to bring their children to our dental office twice a year. With bi-annual examinations, we can examine the children's teeth, provide a professional cleaning and work to prevent oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Even with professional and at-home care, children can still face oral health issues.
Regular preventive care is the best way to do so when combining it with regular brushing and flossing at home. Sometimes a child will develop a cavity or infection. In this case, it is necessary to bring them to the dentist right away for treatment. Otherwise, the problem is likely to become worse over time, until the situation reaches the point of no return and we need to pull the tooth. To prevent this, call us for help at the first sign of a problem.
Signs that your child needs to see a kid's dentist
Some common signs that there is an oral health problem are:
#1. Complaints of pain
If a child is complaining that they have a toothache, parents need to listen. Very often, children complain about minor cuts and bruises. Thus, when they complain of a toothache, it is easy to assume that they are exaggerating. With the teeth, it is crucial to seek an examination and not ignore a child's pain.
After brushing their teeth, if they still say that the tooth hurts on the following day, make an appointment. This is typically a sign that the child is struggling with either a chipped tooth or tooth decay.
#2. Loose teeth accompanied by pain or discomfort
Children are going to lose teeth. This is a natural part of life and if a tooth becomes loose through this natural process, it typically will not create very much pain. There may be some discomfort, but certainly not excruciating pain.
If a tooth is loose and a child is complaining of it hurting at the same time, it may be loose because there is a severe infection. This makes it necessary to call and schedule an exam so that we can determine the extent of the issue and treat the tooth accordingly.
#3. Change in tooth color
If a tooth is changing color and looking gray or black, the tooth may be dying. There are other reasons for changing color which may include genetic causes. The parent needs to remain calm and schedule an appointment for us to determine the cause of the color change.
#4. Persistent bleeding gums
Excessive bleeding of the gum tissue is also a concern. This is something to watch for when brushing and flossing the teeth. Inflamed gums that bleed easily or very red can be that way due to gum disease. We need to treat persistent bleeding gums as soon as possible.
#5. Swelling in the gum tissue
There is a difference between gently swollen gums and gums that are incredibly swollen in a certain spot. When brushing teeth, examine the gum tissue. All it takes is a quick look to see if there appears to be a swollen spot or bubble in the gum tissue.
This is referred to as an abscess. It is a terrible infection that requires us to determine which tooth is suffering from an infection or decay, potentially remove it and prescribe antibiotics.
#6. Terrible breath
Bad breath is also a sign of infection or decay when the teeth are otherwise clean.
Schedule an appointment with our office
Call our office right away and let us know if your child is having a problem with their teeth or gums. As a local kid's dentist, we can treat them right away so that they do not experience any unnecessary discomfort.