The Dental Health Center

Common Dental Issues in Children

June 13, 2022
Posted By: The Dental Health Center

It's common for children of all ages to experience dental issues. Some are unavoidable, such as dental emergencies, while others are preventable, especially cavities or caries. 

Cavities or Tooth Decay

Some kids are more prone to developing cavities due to genetics, but most are preventable with proper care. Be sure to help your child brush and floss their teeth until they have the motor skills to tie their shoes. 

Ask your dental hygienist about the right technique, the best toothbrush and toothpaste to use, and nutritional guidance to support healthy teeth and gums.


Poor oral hygiene and nutritional habits put all kids at risk for gum disease or gingivitis. Signs of gingivitis are swollen and inflamed gums; if you notice either, schedule a teeth cleaning for your child, and your hygienist will advise what steps to take.

Orthodontic Issues

Dentists recommend an orthodontic evaluation for children at age seven, but it doesn't necessarily mean your child will need braces! This exam's purpose is to help your dentist determine if early treatment—called interceptive orthodontics—can benefit your child by minimizing or even eliminating the need for full orthodontic treatment in the future.

Thumb Sucking and Pacifier Use

Children commonly suck their thumbs or fingers or use pacifiers to comfort themselves. Unfortunately, this can lead to problems with their dental bite and the need for orthodontic treatment. 

Speak with your children's dentist in Aston, PA, about help with curbing these habits.

Tongue Thrusting Habit

Some children develop "tongue thrusting," where they habitually push their tongue against their front teeth. The tongue is a very powerful muscle that can push teeth out of alignment, which requires orthodontic treatment to correct. 

Treatment for tongue thrusting depends on the cause, but your dentist may recommend an orthodontic device to help curb the habit.

Childhood Dental Injuries

You can't always prevent dental trauma such as a broken tooth or knocked-out baby tooth or permanent tooth, especially if your child is active. However, you can ask your dentist about a custom mouthguard to protect their teeth from many common dental injuries.

Schedule Your Child's Next Dental Exam!

Your children's dentist in Aston is always happy to answer questions about your child's dental needs. Please call us to schedule their next exam and teeth cleaning so we can help you!

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