Learning is a process of trial and error, never more so than when we’re developing as young children. Children love to experiment — which can have good and bad results. When it comes to eating, drinking, and an overall appreciation of their oral health, children can develop some potentially destructive habits.
At the office of Suzanne Clift, DDS, our pedodontists — sometimes referred to as pediatric dentists — are trained in child development and specialize in addressing the unique needs of young patients from birth through adolescence. We can spot hard-to-control harmful oral habits and help a child correct them before they cause tooth decay and soft tissue damage in the mouth.
Children are not likely to be concerned that chewing certain hard items — even something as seemingly harmless as ice — can have serious consequences including cracked teeth or tooth decay. And they (and their parents) may not even realize that they are grinding or clenching their teeth, which can cause fracture or wear. Night grinding can be even more troublesome, possibly indicating a breathing obstruction.
Parents may teach their children to brush their teeth, but did you know that improper brushing techniques, or even using the wrong toothbrush can lead to tooth and gum damage? Other common childhood habits must also be carefully monitored: Nail biting can cause tooth chipping; while thumb-sucking can lead to myriad development problems of the teeth and mouth.
At the office of Suzanne Clift, DDS, our pedodontists are the best trained and equipped to recognize and correct potential harm arising from our young patients’ oral habits. We have the patience and skill to put a child at ease — even one who’s been fearful about getting into a dentist’s chair. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.
By Suzanne Clift, DDS
April 26, 2021