Don’t dismiss the possibility that your child could be experiencing tooth sensitivity. Even though it is generally thought of as a condition that adults suffer there are several issues that can cause your child’s teeth to become more sensitive.
A developing cavity can definitely make a tooth more vulnerable to sensitivity. As new teeth erupt through your child’s gums the sudden exposure to food and drink can bring pain.
Sinus trouble is a fairly common complaint for adults but children are a also susceptible. If the symptoms of a common cold such as congestion or a fever don’t go away within a week it may well be that your child is suffering from sinusitis. When the sinus cavities become infected it can bring pressure on the upper teeth.
Silver amalgam fillings are often used to restore teeth that have been affected by tooth decay. The high conductivity factor of the material however, may cause sensitivity.
Many children develop a tendency to grind their teeth at night. Since bruxism occurs while the child is asleep it often goes unnoticed. If the grinding and clenching that is associated with bruxism continues it can cause cracks in the teeth which can make chewing painful.
Tooth enamel is the protective covering that keeps bacteria from infecting the inner layers of the teeth. If the enamel is compromised the teeth will become more sensitive to pain. Proper brushing and flossing is essential to the care of the tooth enamel.
Your family dentist can determine what exactly is causing your child’s sensitivity. The cause will in turn determine the cure. If your child is found to be at high risk for cavities for instance, he may be a good candidate for fluoride treatments. The ill effects of bruxism may be reduced by wearing a mouth-guard to bed. Your dentist may also recommend using a toothpaste made specifically for the relief of sensitive tooth pain.
Spokane Valley Dentistry is anxious to welcome every member of your family into our own dental family. Call 509-926-6261 for your first appointment.