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What is Causing My Child’s Tooth Sensitivity?

June 2, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — brushforkids @ 9:04 pm
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Tooth enamel is highly durable and considered to be the hardest substance in the human body. However, not only is it not indestructible, but it can weaken and wear down over time, resulting in tooth sensitivity. For young smiles that are still developing, this problem can create much discomfort. So, what can you do for your child with sensitive teeth? Read on to hear from a pediatric dentist who can explain why it happens and which treatments are most effective.

What Can Cause Tooth Sensitivity in Young Children?

There are many reasons tooth sensitivity can develop in a young child’s smile. Although none are pleasant, it’s important to recognize the culprits so that proper steps can be taken to avoid them in the future.

Some of the most common reasons a child might develop sensitive teeth include:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits
  • Drinking fruit juices or sodas, as the overconsumption of citrus and caffeinated beverages and foods can erode tooth enamel
  • Cavities and tooth decay formation
  • Permanent teeth erupting
  • Fillings that are loose or cracked
  • Sinus infections

Which Treatments Are Available to Address Sensitive Teeth?

The first step is to make sure that your child is practicing good oral hygiene habits at home. This means brushing in the morning and at night before bed, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing (if old enough) with an ADA-approved mouthwash.

It’s also helpful to consider these additional options to treat your child’s sensitive teeth:

  • Fluoride treatments – These can be completed during regular checkups and safeguard teeth between appointments from cavities and tooth decay while also strengthening enamel.
  • Incorporation of sensitive teeth products – Your child’s pediatric dentist can recommend products that are designed for sensitive teeth so that oral hygiene at home is easier to complete.
  • Seeking professional care – Your child’s pediatric dentist can determine if restorative care is needed, especially if a loose filling or cracked tooth is the reason for sensitive teeth. A tooth-colored filling or dental crown can be created to not only improve the look of the tooth but also protect it from harmful particles that might try to impact your child’s smile.

Sensitive teeth are not something you want to neglect, no matter how old your child might be. Instead, inquire about what steps you and your child’s dentist can take to keep smiles healthy, strong, and pain-free.

About the Author
At Brush Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Mira Albert leads a team of pediatric dentists who care about the status of patients smiles. When teeth are painful because of sensitivity, she can deliver high-quality treatment options that make it possible for young smiles to thrive with no pain to be detected. If you think your child is suffering from tooth sensitivity and needs help, contact us at (630) 504-2223.

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