Like the rest of children’s bodies, their teeth are still growing and developing. Because children’s teeth aren’t quite as strong as the teeth of an adult, parents need to take extra precautions to protect them against damage and injury. The following information can help you keep your children’s developing teeth safe and healthy.
As baby teeth begin to break through the gum tissue, they can cause gum irritation and swelling. Luckily, these symptoms will stop once the teeth make their way to the surface of the gum line and settle into place. The best way for parents to help their children during this process is to give them chilled teething rings to sooth the gum tissue, dentist-recommend infant teething gel, and of course, lots of hugs and comfort.
Cavities and Tooth Decay
Because children’s teeth are still developing, the enamel is not as strong or protective as mature tooth enamel. As such, children are more vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria that attack the enamel. Parents can help prevent cavities by limiting their children’s intake of sugary foods, teaching them good brushing habits, and scheduling regular dental checkups.
Children with high energy often engage in roughhousing or participate in sports that can result in the loss of a tooth. The best way to prevent premature tooth loss is to ask your pediatric dentist to create a custom-made mouth guard to be worn by your child while participating in sports. If a child’s tooth is knocked out, the tooth may be saved by placing it in a cup of milk to keep the sensitive roots and nerves nourished and by seeking immediate dental treatment.
Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry in Long Island specializes in caring for children’s teeth in a comfortable, friendly environment. By making the dental experience fun and educational for children, our board-certified dentists can help them properly care for their teeth for the rest of their lives. Call (516) 798-1111 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.