5 Signs That Your Child Needs to Visit the Dentist

5 signs your child should see a dentist
04 Oct 2021

One of the great things about kids is their joy and enthusiasm for life! They live in the moment which can be a great thing, except when it comes to taking care of their teeth. It can be really hard to explain to children why it’s so important to take care of them for the long term, especially if they’ve started losing their baby teeth.

Even if you do your best to keep up with brushing, it’s still possible your child can develop a problem with their teeth. Early intervention is key which is why it’s so important that you know the most common signs your child needs to visit a family dentist in Guelph. They are:

  • Your child has pain or sensitivity in their teeth.
  • Your child has bleeding gums.
  • Your child’s teeth are stained or discoloured.
  • Your child’s adult teeth are loose.
  • Your child has bad breath.

We specialize in treating children with a variety of dental issues at Guelph Family Dentistry.

1. Your child is in pain or has sensitive teeth

If your child is experiencing pain in their teeth that either gets worse when they eat or doesn’t go away after a few hours, they may have a dental problem. The most common causes of intense tooth pain are either that your child has an issue with tooth decay or they have a broken or chipped tooth. No matter the reason, it’s important they visit a family dentist in Guelph right away.

Although it’s not as serious as intense pain, tooth sensitivity can also be a sign that your child has something wrong with their teeth, especially if it’s a sensitivity that increases with cold food such as ice cream or milkshakes. If your child mentions that they have sensitivity with their teeth, this can be a sign that they have a cavity starting in one of their teeth or even that they have an exposed root. Either way, you should have them checked.

2. Your child has bleeding gums

If you notice that your child’s gums are swollen, irritated or bleeding, then this may be a sign that your child has an infection in their mouth.

If there is only a small amount of bleeding after your child brushes or flosses, then there may not be a problem. But if there is a lot of bleeding, then you need to take your child to see a family dentist in Guelph as soon as possible.

It’s also important to get your child checked if they are experiencing significant swelling in their gums, as this can indicate an abscess is forming.

3. Your child’s teeth are stained or discoloured

As adults, we’re used to the fact that our teeth may seem discoloured - especially if we drink coffee or red wine a lot. But if your child’s teeth are stained or discoloured, this may be a sign they need to see a dentist.

If you see any signs of colour change in your children’s teeth, such as white spotting or even turning brown or black, then your child should see a dentist right away. These colour changes can indicate that a cavity is starting to develop or that a cavity has already started causing the tooth to decay.

4. Your child has loose teeth

Having your child lose their first baby teeth is a rite of passage and one that many parents eagerly look forward to. But if your child’s adult teeth have already come in and they are loose, this can be a sign there’s an issue, and your child needs to see a dentist.

Your family dentist in Guelph will conduct a thorough examination of your child’s teeth to determine the cause of the problem and recommend what can be done to treat your child.

5. Your child has bad breath

If your child has “morning breath,” this isn’t necessarily a sign they have issues with tooth decay. But if your child has bad breath all the time, they may have periodontal disease and should be seen by a dentist for a dental examination.

Why should I choose Guelph Family Dentistry for my child?

We would love to have your child as our patient at Guelph Family Dentistry. We welcome new patients and, in fact, can offer dental care to your entire family.

When you come to us as your family dentist in Guelph, you can count on:

  • A comfortable and stress-free environment.
  • A selection of services, including routine check-ups, cleanings and standard procedures like fillings.
  • A focus on preventative care - we’ll teach you and your child the best way to care for their teeth.
  • Access to advanced equipment and up-to-date techniques.
  • A customized treatment plan.

All of our dental experts pride themselves on providing top-notch care to our patients.

It’s Important to Get Dental Issues Taken Care Of Right Away

No parent wants to see their child get cavities. All of these can be signs that your child needs to see a dentist right away:

  • They have pain or sensitivity in their teeth.
  • They have bleeding gums.
  • Their teeth are stained or discoloured.
  • Their adult teeth are loose.
  • They have bad breath.

We would love to be your family dentist. At Guelph Family Dentistry, we welcome new patients to our comfortable and stress-free environment. We’ll talk to your child about how important preventative care is (such as brushing their teeth) and also deal with any dental issues they have. We take care of everything from cleanings to cavities.

Contact Us At Guelph Family Dentistry

Whether you’ve got a dental emergency or just need a check-up, we’re here for you and your entire family!

To learn more about dental care for your child, call Guelph Family Dentistry at 888-588-1691 or contact us online.

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Dr. Omar Al-Azzawi
Dr. Omar Al-Azzawi

Dr. Omar got his BDS degree in 2002 from the University of Baghdad. He has also completed a master degree in Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of Malaya, Malaysia in 2009. Dr. Omar got his DDS in 2013 in Canada after passing the National Dental Examination Board of Canada (NDEB) exams. Read More

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