As a parent, it's difficult to see your child struggling with pain, especially if it's something they are unable to communicate clearly to you. Maybe you're noticing that your child is refusing to eat hot or cold foods that they previously have enjoyed? Perhaps they're complaining of a tingling sensation or pain when breathing cold air? These are all signs that your child has developed tooth sensitivity and today we're going to look at what causes that, and what you as a parent can do about it.
Leading Causes of Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a lot of different things, but the end result is the same. Pain. The enamel of the tooth, which is that protective layer that keeps bacteria from attaching. The enamel becomes cracked or thin and this is what leads to pain. Cavities are one main cause of tooth sensitivity, and cavities are caused by that sticky bacteria that eats away at the enamel. Properly brushing and flossing, dental sealants and regular cleanings in our office are all great ways to ensure that your child does not develop cavities.
Another cause of tooth sensitivity is bruxism, commonly called teeth grinding. The action of repeatedly grinding the teeth causes wear and cracks in the enamel which can lead to sensitive teeth. Believe it or not, using a toothbrush that is too hard or brushing your child's teeth too aggressively can also wear down or damage the enamel.
If you've noticed changes in your child's behavior and think that it may be tooth related, please call our office right away and schedule a checkup. We can help you find relief for your child, it may be as simple as having a cavity filled, applying sealants or even ordering a customized mouth guard to help with bruxism. Whatever it is, we're here to help you and your child.