Waxahachie Family Dentist offers tips for kids w/ sensitive teeth
Not all kids enjoy brushing their teeth because some of them have sensitive teeth. Just like adults, children can have sensitive teeth too. Before you can treat your child’s teeth sensitivity, it’s important to find out what could be causing their sensitivity.
Causes of Sensitivity
The most common reason why some children have sensitive teeth is due to tooth enamel erosion. They may have injured a tooth through an accident or from playing sports. Another cause of sensitivity is when the tooth dentin is irritated and exposed to bacteria due to biting of hard candy. Cavities can lead to tooth sensitivity.
There have also been many cases of teeth sensitivity in children with autism. But most of them actually don’t have sensitive teeth. They just tend to have more sensitive sense of smell and taste compared to non-autistic children. This causes them to have a negative reaction when it’s time for brushing.
Treating your child’s sensitive teeth
- Desensitizing toothpaste
Using a desensitizing toothpaste will help ease your child’s sensitivity. Make sure to visit a pediatric dentist first, so your child will be prescribed with the right toothpaste.
- Not using a toothbrush and toothpaste (children below 3 years)
As recommended by the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, it may be even better to not use a toothbrush and toothpaste if your child is below 3 years old. After noticing that your child has sensitivity issues, just use a clean washcloth to clean your child’s teeth until you can visit your pediatric dentist.
- Fluoride solution
For children who have sensitive teeth due to cavities, your pediatric dentist may have to apply fluoride on your child’s teeth which will help remove the cavities. A fluoride gel to use at home may also be prescribed.
- Soft-bristled toothbrush for kids
Help reduce the risks of sensitivity in your child’s teeth by making sure that he/she brushes every day using a soft-bristled toothbrush intended for kids. This will prevent cavities and gum diseases.
Make sure to visit your pediatric dentist for regular dental checkups while your child’s teeth are still developing. This will help avoid future dental problems.