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Signs Your Child May Need to Go to the Dentist

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Even though they’re temporary, baby teeth play a vitally important role in your child’s overall health and development. Just like with adults, children should see the dentist once every six months for routine cleanings and examinations.

In between visits, however, your child may experience symptoms that warrant a sooner visit then the one you’ve pre-scheduled. Here are some of the signs to look out for.

1. Toothaches

If your child is experiencing persistent dental pain, don’t wait for the pain to pass. A toothache might be the sign of something more serious, like injury or decay. Their dentist can carefully assess the situation and come up with a solution to help your child feel like themselves again!

2. Dark & Light Spots on Teeth

Cavities are very common in kids and usually develop due to poor oral hygiene (e.g., not using the proper brushing technique) or a diet that is high in sugar, starches, or acidic foods. One of the main signs of cavities are dark or light spots on the teeth. If you notice them on your child’s teeth, take them to the dentist as soon as possible to avoid the decay from spreading.

3. Tooth Sensitivity

If your child is complaining about pain when they consume hot or cold foods and drinks, that can be another telltale sign of a cavity.

4. Swollen, Red, or Bleeding Gums

Gum disease is one of the most common dental ailments. Although it’s more common in adults, children can develop gum disease, which starts off as a buildup of plaque and bacteria under the gum line. If your child is experiencing swollen, red, or bleeding gums whenever they brush their teeth, it’s time to schedule an appointment with their dentist.

5. Injury

If your child has injured their mouth or has experienced broken/knocked out teeth, call your dentist right away.

6. Delayed Adult Teeth

If your child’s adult teeth are not growing in as quickly as they should be, that might be a sign that they’re impacted and will likely grow in crookedly. It’s best to have a dentist assess the situation and decide whether or not your child should see an orthodontist.

Comprehensive Family Dentistry in Edgewater, Maryland

Whether you’d like to bring your child in for a routine appointment or have concerns about the state of their smile in between routine appointments, we’d love to help! Edgewater Dental Arts provides services to infants, kids, teens, and adults alike. Contact us to schedule an appointment today and check out our services and specials!

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.