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Common Oral Health Issues in Children

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You want your child to get off to the best start possible – in every way! Regular appointments with a children’s dentist in Owings Mills are the best way to ensure that your child enjoys good health.

When you bring your child to our practice, you’re giving him or her a special opportunity. Regular appointments allow us to identify any potential problems as early as possible so that we can recommend early interventions. These early treatments are usually simple, comfortable, and non-invasive.

Common Oral Health Issues in Kids

  • Cavities – Cavities are the most common oral health issue we see at any age. While preventive treatments like fluoride and sealants reduce the incidence of cavities considerably, we have yet to eliminate them entirely.
  • Baby bottle tooth decay – Serious decay can occur when you allow a young child to go to bed with a bottle filled with any liquid other than plain water. Even breast milk in a bottle can be a culprit. The sugars in the liquid are allowed to remain in contact with the teeth for hours, and they can do major damage to a child’s enamel.
  • Thumb sucking and pacifier use – Thumbs and “binkies” can be a nice self-soothing technique for children, but over time, they can cause significant changes to young teeth and palates. If your child is still young, don’t worry about a thumb-sucking or pacifier habit. Once your child becomes three or older, however, talk to us for tips on discouraging thumb-sucking without battles.
  • Early tooth loss – Your child will lose his or her baby teeth eventually, but sometimes teeth are accidentally lost early. If this happens, contact our office. We’ll evaluate your child to determine whether any kind of intervention is necessary. In some cases, a spacer may be appropriate to prevent other teeth from drifting into the gap left by the missing tooth.

Call our Owings Mills MD Dental Office with Questions

If you have questions for a children’s dentist in Pikesville or Owings Mills, don’t hesitate to call Naylors Court Dental Partners! Our dentists are great with kids and will help you with any concerns you might have.