Most adults know what it feels like to be enjoying ice cream or a favorite iced beverage and have tooth sensitivity. Yikes! Fortunately, it usually doesn’t last too long. However, some people, including children, suffer from oral sensitivity on a regular basis. This can be alarming as a parent if your little one keeps complaining of discomfort in their mouth. Read on to learn from your family dentist the common causes of tooth sensitivity in children and how to help their smile be more comfortable!
Common Causes of Tooth Sensitivity in Children
It is common for children to experience oral sensitivity as their baby teeth fall out and begin to grow in their permanent ones. While it will normally take a trip to the dentist to discover the exact cause of children’s tooth sensitivity, it can also usually be attributed to poor oral hygiene. The following are the most common reasons:
- Poor dental hygiene habits: When the teeth are not cleaned properly or consistently, food particles will remain on the teeth and fuel cavity-causing bacteria. This can lead to tooth and gum sensitivity.
- Cavities and decay: If tooth decay penetrates the enamel and travels deeper into the tooth, it can cause sensitivity and pain.
- Loose or cracked fillings: While fillings successfully restore the tooth from decay, they won’t last forever. If a filling becomes loose or damaged, there will oftentimes be sensitivity in that area.
- Enamel erosion: Constant exposure to sugary or acidic foods and drinks, like fruit juice and sodas, can cause tooth enamel to become eroded, increasing sensitivity.
- Sinus infections: Since sinuses press down on the upper arch of teeth, a sinus infection can cause oral sensitivity due to the excess pressure on their nerves.
Tips for Minimizing Tooth Sensitivity
Most importantly, if you think your child has an oral health issue, such as a cavity or compromised fillings, be sure to take them to the dentist. They can treat the underlying cause that may be leading to their sensitive teeth.
To combat tooth sensitivity caused by poor oral hygiene habits, encourage them to care for their teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. If they can see the connection between the discomfort in their mouth and their oral hygiene, they may be more motivated to tend to their pearly whites.
Another thing to consider is investing in dental products that treat sensitive teeth. There are desensitizing kinds of toothpaste, as well as toothbrushes designed for oral sensitivity, which can help alleviate your child’s symptoms. Additionally, professional fluoride treatments can also strengthen and protect your little one’s teeth.
With these helpful tips and a visit to your family dentist, your child’s smile can be healthy and happy again!
About the Practice
Jones & Knight DDS is eager to help keep you and your family’s smiles healthy, whole, and beautiful. Their two dentists are dedicated to providing high-quality and compassionate dental care. With advanced training, they offer a full range of family dentistry, including preventive, restorative, cosmetic, and emergency services. To schedule an appointment for you or a member of your family, contact them through their website or call (210) 349-4408.