If your child is complaining that their teeth are sensitive and that it hurts when they eat hot or cold foods, it's time to get them checked out by the dentist. There are many reasons why your child may be having these pains, and some of the reasons could need immediate attention.
The child should see a dentist and get x-rays to make sure there is nothing majorly wrong with the development and health of the smile, and the dentist will have directions on how to treat the problem. Here are a few possibilities for treatment.
Dental Fillings for Cavities
If there are cavities in the teeth, even if they are small, it could be causing the sensitivity your child is dealing with. They may need dental fillings in the teeth, even if they are baby teeth, to prevent the problem from getting worse. This will also prevent decay from eroding the rest of the teeth and potentially becoming an abscess before the child loses the teeth.
A protective sealant can be put on the molars and all the other teeth if needed, to help act as a barrier against decay, and to protect the enamel. This could stop the teeth from feeling so sensitive while the child is eating different foods, and it should reduce the chance of your child getting cavities. If the problem persists with their adult teeth, the adult teeth should be sealed right away as they come in.
The dentist can recommend prescription products to help with your child's pain. There are toothpastes that can be used, and depending on the age of the child and their ability to use mouthwash responsibly, they may be able to use a prescription mouthwash to treat the problem as well. These products will be a part of your child's daily routine, and may not be needed when their adult teeth come in.
There are many other things the dentist may recommend, like fluoride treatments to help strengthen the teeth, and bone health supplements to ensure the adult teeth coming in are strong. Don't ignore your child's problem because they could already be dealing with a bad cavity that needs a root canal or extraction, or they may be dealing with the early stages of gum disease. The dentist, like one from Plymouth Valley Dental Group, can give you more information when they assess your child's smile and take x-rays.
I grew up in a home with parents who did not insist on good dental hygiene. By the time I was old enough to know better, some damage had already been done. I had many cavities, crooked teeth, and some discoloration on my teeth. I knew it would not be easy to take my smile from where it was to where it is today, but I was determined to finally have nice teeth. I visited a dentist who was very nice and never judged me. We made a dental plan together. Spreading the procedures out over time made it much easier to afford them. I now have almost perfect teeth after all that hard work! I created this blog to help others who have dental problems that stem from bad childhood habits know there is hope! It is never too late to start seeing the dentist!