In many ways, children react to toothaches the same way adults often do. If the pain isn’t severe, they may try to ignore it for as long as possible. Unfortunately, this can give the problem that’s causing the tooth to hurt enough time to lead to more serious trouble for your child’s oral health. With enough time, even seemingly minor problems can become much more severe, leading to the need for more extensive treatment in order to restore your child’s good oral health.
1. The tooth develops a cavity
Cavities are among the most common causes of toothaches for both children and adults. The same way they’re a progressive problem for adult teeth, they can continue to wreak havoc with your child’s teeth, also. However, that havoc can include heightened risks to their permanent teeth and the development of their oral structures, as well. This makes the potential for subsequent problems much higher and the need to address your child’s cavity more pressing. The aching in your child’s tooth indicates the erosion of the tooth’s healthy structure, and the sooner you bring your child to the dentist, the more of the structure you can help them save.
2. There’s damage to the tooth’s structure
Your child might not always be aware if they fracture or break a tooth, or if the tooth becomes excessively worn down due to uneven bite pressure. In some cases, this can occur from underlying conditions such as bruxism, which involves the constant grinding of their teeth. It can be difficult to tell if your child’s toothache is caused by a cavity or other type of damage to the tooth unless you check the tooth yourself, and sometimes, even that isn’t enough. The most effective way to tell what’s wrong with your child’s tooth is to have the dentist examine it and determine the right treatment for their toothache.
3. The aching is caused by alignment problems
Sometimes, the cause of your child’s toothache isn’t a progressive problem with their structure, but rather an underlying problem that places the tooth under excessive pressure. For instance, if your child does have bruxism, then their teeth might start to feel sensitive even before they experience any significant structural damage. Or, they may experience tooth misalignment that places their teeth under enough pressure to make one or more of them sensitive.
Learn why your child has a toothache
Your child’s toothache could potentially mean a lot more trouble than you realize at first. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.