Preventive dental care is a big part of what we do here at Upper East Side Kids Dentist. We want your child to enjoy good oral health, unencumbered by preventable conditions. We do understand, however, that issues such as bad breath, canker sores, gum disease, and tooth decay can still afflict your child. When that happens, we’re here to diagnose and treat the problem as quickly as possible.
Halitosis, the medical name for bad breath, can affect kids just as easily as adults. It happens when food particles remaining in the mouth break down. While everyone has bad breath occasionally, consistent bad breath could suggest the presence of gum disease or other health conditions. Allergy and sinus issues are some of the more common causes of bad breath in kids.
You can identify a canker sore by its red border and gray or white color around the base. The best way to prevent a recurrence is to have your child use topical agents or a mouthwash with antimicrobial properties.
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease can damage bone, cause painful inflammation, and even tooth loss. Children are more likely to develop gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease, from excess plaque on the teeth. Plaque consists of a sticky film made from bacteria. Bleeding and swollen gums are often the first indication of gum disease. Fortunately, it’s preventable with a daily routine of brushing and flossing.
Tooth decay forms from frequent consumption of sugary and starchy foods, which forms acid. This acid can erode tooth enamel. Foods and snacks with a high carbohydrate content, such as candy, cookies, soda, and fruit drinks, cause the most tooth decay in children. Deposits from starches and sugars combine with bacteria to form plaque. This eventually causes damage to the mineral structure of your child’s teeth. Limiting these types of snacks and ensuring your child brushes and flosses daily is the best protection against tooth decay.