• Toothaches in Children

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    December 7th, 2010adminarticles

    Common ordeals children face, aside from bumps and bruises, are toothaches. Dealing with toothaches at an early age is apparently a vital part of growing and learning your lesson through experience: not eating too much sweets, avoiding fistfights, keeping your eyes on the road, etc.  That’s what makes toothaches a fundamental part of life. But some toothaches can be prevented… and how? Read on below.

    Several factors cause toothaches in children, namely:

    1.  Teething – the eruption of the first set of teeth, accompanied by swelling of gums.

    2.  Dental decay – or also known as “dental caries”, is the bacterial deterioration of the enamel of the teeth until it penetrates through the dentin. The process is slow and excruciatingly difficult for some children. Dental decay is one of the understandable causes of toothaches in children aged five to twelve because they have the tendency to munch on a lot of sweets.

    3.  Gum disease – gum inflammation that leads to periodontitis if not remedied early.  Though children are not as prone as adults to gum disease, studies show that the condition may be acquired from parents, and should be given attention once the child’s gums shows sign of: bleeding, puffiness, and recession.

    4.  Loose tooth – usually happens when the milk teeth give way (or loosen) to the eruption of the permanent teeth or if an impact collision forces the tooth to be uprooted. A loose tooth, however, should be observed and not be taken lightly, as it can accentuate advanced gum disease in your child.

    5.  Tooth trauma – or “dental trauma”, this condition is primarily caused by a broken or misaligned tooth. Specialized mouthguards for children significantly reduce the chance of getting a tooth pummeled.

    6.  Dental abscess – albeit very rare in children, dental abscess may form in toddlers when bacteria or foreign material (most likely from earthen material or any porous substance) make their way into the gingiva.

    7.  Pulpitis – dental pulp is the centermost part of the tooth, and once infected, it will most likely cause acute pain. Moreover, it is important to have a dentist extract a loose, broken or traumatized tooth to prevent the infiltration of foreign bacteria into the pulp.

    8.  Broken tooth – commonly caused by accidents or landing front teeth face first into a hard surface, a chipped tooth can most likely be restored by way of a composite filling. However, the stakes are high that if a molar or cuspid is the one damaged, acute dental pain will ensue.

    9.  Impacted tooth – usually takes place when the primary teeth (or baby teeth) are being replaced by permanent teeth. Impacted teeth cause pain and should be extracted if stuck on the gums or are at an awkward position. Having impacted teeth extracted early can lessen the chance of malocclusions in teeth.

    10.  Gingivitis – chronic gingivitis is very common in children. Because children are less attentive to brushing than adults, their gums are more prone to swelling and bleeding.

    11.  Periodontitis – if gingivitis is left untreated, coupled by vast accumulations of plaque, the condition may worsen and cause recession of the front teeth, followed by loosening, and finally, loss of alveolar bone.

    12.  Sinusitis – inflammation of the sinuses can cause pain to the upper teeth. While dental pain is apparently inevitable, it is advised to frequently take decongestants and other medication to treat sinusitis.

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