Has your child complained about experiencing pain in his mouth? Have you noticed that his or her adult teeth have been taking a long time to come in?
If so, then your child may be experiencing impacted teeth, which occurs when their teeth have trouble growing through the gums. Symptoms take a while to notice, and sometimes, it takes a professional to figure out if impacted teeth are the issue.
However, there are several moves you can make if you believe that your kid is suffering from impacted teeth, some of which may or may not require assistance. With our knowledge of oral health, you’ll be able to help your kids preserve the shape of their teeth and keep their mouth feeling good on a regular basis.
Here are things you should do if you suspect that your kid has impacted teeth.
1. Take Them to the Dentist
When it comes to not being certain about health issues with your kids, it’s better to be safe than sorry, no matter how much time and/or money it costs you. When it comes to the possibility of an impacted tooth, we recommend taking your child to the dentist so that they can figure out what the problem is.
It is normally hard to discover the symptoms associated with impacted teeth, which is why it often requires a routine X-ray at the dentist to figure out if that is the problem. The dentist may also figure out if more than one tooth is affected, which would allow you to address the issue earlier than if you had postponed it.
The dentist can examine your kid’s teeth to figure out if they are affected by an impacted tooth, as well as the extent of the problem. If it turns out to be something else, then he/she can fix the problem and let you know how to keep their teeth in shape out of the office.
2. Keep an Eye Out for Impacted Teeth
Whether or not you take your kid to the dentist, it is still up to you and your child to be aware of if he/she is experiencing tooth impaction. That is why we suggest monitoring their teeth on a regular basis so that you know for sure if they are dealing with impacted teeth, as well as which teeth are having issues.
There are several symptoms that you need to be aware of when checking for impacted teeth, such as bad breath, bad tastes in their mouth, or gums that are bleeding, swollen, or red. Your child may also have impacted teeth if they tell you that they experience a hard time or pain when opening their mouths, as well as if it hurts to chew or bite food.
The pain may come from there not being enough room in the mouth for the impacted tooth, which could be from genetics or previous treatments at the dentist’s office. You’ll also need to pay extra attention to your kid’s wisdom teeth and canines, which are more impacted by this issue than other teeth.
3. Improve Dental Habits
While you’re keeping an eye on your child’s teeth for signs such as a tooth growing sideways in the gum, you can use this as an opportunity to encourage your kid to take better care of their teeth. Even if they don’t have impacted teeth at the moment, this will make it easier to prevent them in the future.
The first action to take is to make sure that they are brushing their teeth when they get up in the morning and before they go to bed. If your kid doesn’t have teeth yet, then you can use a clean and wet washcloth, as well as a baby-sized toothbrush to keep their gums free of bacteria.
Fluoride is important for the health of your kids’ teeth, so check the percentage of it in the toothpaste or any supplements they use to make sure that it has a healthy amount. Other habits you can encourage include taking them to the dentist on a regular basis, as well as improving their diet with food and drinks that are beneficial for their dental health.
4. Consider Eruption Aids
If your child is experiencing issues that are associated with an impacted molar or pain in the canines, then it may be time to consider aids that can help affected teeth erupt the right way. These aids work best on younger people, so you will have better luck improving dental health for your kids or babies.
Popular options for eruption aids include braces and brackets, which help keep teeth aligned and grow in the right places. It may also help if you try to extract the impacted teeth that might be blocking canines, which can work for parents with kids and infants.
One backup plan that you should consider if your eruption aids don’t make a difference is to remove the impacted teeth and replace them with dental implants or bridges. This will depend on how many impacted teeth you are dealing with, as well as how many other teeth they are affecting.
5. Make Dental Care Fun
Brushing teeth and going to the dentist’s office may sound like chore and pain for your child, but it will go a long way in helping them avoid an impacted tooth removal and other less pleasant procedures. However, you can make dental care fun so that they feel more encouraged to keep their teeth in shape.
One way to do so is by buying them fun toothbrushes that come in unique colors or have their favorite superheroes on them. You could also check stores that have any high-tech brushes, as well as use stickers and charts to keep track of how much they brush their teeth and then reward them for staying on track.
Trips to the dentist can also be fun if you pick the right specialist, who may be energetic and provide stickers or treats for your kid so that they look forward to their next visit. Your trips to and from the dentist should also be fun, so we recommend playing games or quizzes on the way to and from the office so that the time goes by and they look forward to these trips.
Impacted teeth can lead to long and short-term issues for your child’s oral health, so you need to address this issue as soon as the possibility of it comes into your head. There are several ways to do so, and your kid(s) will thank you for it.
Regular visits to the dentist’s office will grant you a professional’s opinion on the matter, and you can encourage your children to have fun cleaning their teeth on a regular basis. With these tips, your kids will be able to keep their teeth looking and feeling good.
Check out more of our dental advice so that you can help your kids maintain proper health for their teeth.