When you child complains of mouth pain, it can be challenging to narrow down the source of the problem. You might find yourself wondering if it is something as simple as a canker sore, or a sign of a more significant issue. For many parents, a quick call to the dentist is all that is needed to get the ball rolling toward a solution.

In today’s article, we’ll review four common pediatric dental issues. If you’re in San Marcos or Seguin and your kiddo has a dental complaint, contact Alligator Dental! Our staff will gladly schedule an appointment for your child to be seen by one of our children’s dentists if needed. We’re happy to speak with you about the following concerns, and more!

Tooth Decay

Kids love sugary treats, carbohydrates, and juice. Combine this with developing brushing habits and you have a recipe for lingering bacteria, providing the perfect environment for decay and cavities to thrive. To help combat this, we recommend limiting your child’s sugar intake and teaching them the importance of thorough, proper tooth brushing early on.

Thumb Sucking

Your child might derive comfort and security from many things, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. He or she may also turn to thumbsucking as a means of comfort. Many children outgrow this between the ages of two and four. However, if your child continues to suck his or her thumb beyond this time, their oral health and permanent teeth may suffer, and braces may be needed down the road.

Teeth Grinding

Also known as bruxism, many children grind their teeth involuntarily as a normal part of development, and they will usually outgrow this activity as they get older. There are several other reasons why your child might grind his or her teeth, and if it continues, it’s wise to speak with a dentist. Continued grinding can cause harmful wear and tear to the surface of teeth and result in mouth and jaw pain if left unchecked. Something as simple as a mouthguard may help reduce the problem.

Dental Anxiety

Whether it stems from the unusual noises of dentistry implements or overhearing adults speak negatively about going to the dentist, many children develop dental anxiety early on. If your child’s anxiety is not addressed, he or she may be less likely to see the dentist as an adult. Children’s dental anxiety can be hard to combat, but finding a fun, kid-centered children’s dental office like Alligator Dental can help make visits to the dentist fun!

At Alligator Dental, our children’s dentists do everything possible to make your child’s trip to the dentist fun! We understand that when your child feels comfortable in our office, he or she will make positive associations with dental care. This is an essential foundation for a lifetime of dental health.

For questions, or to schedule your child’s next appointment, contact us today! You may reach our San Marcos office at 512-393-3500. To reach our Seguin office, call 830-372-3725. We look forward to speaking with you!


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