Oral health problems can affect children differently. As children’s mouths, gums and teeth are still developing, oral health problems can have a greater and longer lasting impact. Baby teeth set the foundation for adult teeth. In fact oral health related illnesses result in 51 million missed hours of school each year.
Children's Oral Health
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2 AnswersFissured tongue affects adults and children in similar ways. The condition causes grooves to develop in the tongue, making the tongue look wrinkled. Sometimes, if the grooves are deep enough, adults and children may get a burning sensation when they eat certain spicy or acidic foods. This is fairly rare, however. If the grooves are deep enough, bacteria or bits of food can get inside the grooves, leading to bad breath or fungal infections of the tongue.
After the permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth.
The intensity of the sucking is a factor that determines whether or not dental problems may result. If children rest their thumbs passively in their mouths, they are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may cause problems with their baby (primary) teeth. If you notice changes in your child’s primary teeth, consult your dentist.
Children should have ceased sucking by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt.
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2 AnswersHunter's glossitis, which causes the tongue to swell, can affect both children and adults. It's usually caused by a condition called pernicious anemia. This anemia can develop from malnourishment or an autoimmune disorder that blocks vitamin B12. A lack of B12 causes the tongue to swell and become painful. Unlike common glossitis, Hunter's glossitis is not usually caused by infection, trauma, tobacco, or allergies.
If you suspect that your child may have Hunter's glossitis, contact. your pediatrician.
Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, treats children no differently from adults. If your child has gingivitis, their gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing. This is why good oral hygiene and having a healthy balanced diet are important for children. As your child gets older and starts taking care of his own teeth, make sure he brushes two times a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes and flosses daily to be Mouth Healthy for Life.
Cheilitis is the term used to describe chapped lips. It can be caused by several things including poor nutrition, sun exposure, allergies and excessive licking or picking at the lips. You can help protect your child from getting extremely chapped lips by limiting exposure to the sun and by encouraging them not to pick at their mouths.
Periodontitis does not usually affect children because it is a very advanced stage of gum disease. Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth and it may become more severe over time. If it does, your teeth will feel loose and start moving around in your mouth. This is the most common form of periodontitis in adults but can occur at any age. It usually gets worse slowly, but there can be periods of rapid progression.
Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone and may occur in some areas of the mouth, or in the entire mouth.
Good oral hygiene and having a healthy balanced diet are important for children. As your child gets older and starts taking care of his own teeth, make sure he brushes two times a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes and flosses daily to be Mouth Healthy for Life.
2 AnswersPlan your child's first dental visit within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Consider it a "well baby checkup" for your child's teeth. At the dental visit, the dental team will:
- check on oral hygiene, injuries, cavities, or other problems
- find out your child's risk of getting tooth decay
- assess how the teeth are developing
- let you know if your child may later need treatment for crooked teeth or a "bad bite"
- provide advice to help you take care of your child's oral health