Common Dental Problems & How to Prevent Them

August 9, 2018

When it comes to caring for little one’s smiles, we often see and treat quite a lot of the some dental problems. At Island’s Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that education is an important part of providing the best dental care possible and hope to prevent dental complications for our patients. Today, we’re covering some of the most common dental problems we see at our Gilbert pediatric dental office and how to prevent and/or treat them.

Cavities

Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children AND adults? Although cavities are completely preventable, we treat them each and every day. When it comes to preventing cavities, there are a number of suggestions we have:

  • Practice proper at home dental care daily, including brushing twice, flossing once and even scraping the tongue.
  • Schedule routine professional dental examinations and cleanings.
  • Ask your dentist about preventive dental treatments such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments, these can provide additional protection against tooth decay and cavities in children and even adults.

Bad Breath

Did you know that about 25% of the population suffers from bad breath on a daily basis? We often see bad breath in children due to inadequate dental care and hygiene. We recommend ensuring that a proper at home dental care routine is being practiced and helping your child perfect their technique. Routine visits with your dentist for dental cleanings can also help to remove any leftover debris that might have been missed. Scraping the tongue can also greatly reduce odor causing bacteria in the mouth.

Tooth Damage

Due to the fact children are a lot more active than adults, traumatic dental injuries are often far more common, especially for those that participate in sports. We recommend custom mouthguards for any of our patients that participate in sports or suffer from unconscious grinding and clenching.

Visit Our Pediatric Dentist in Gilbert, AZ

Think your child may be suffering from tooth decay, bad breath or even dental damage? Schedule an appointment with Island’s Pediatric Dentistry today! We’d be happy to evaluate their oral health to determine which treatments may be recommended.

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