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Common Problems

Addressed By Mission Viejo Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontists

South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics proudly offers advanced pediatric dental care to children in the Mission Viejo area. Our doctors and highly trained team members are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art dental treatments to address common oral health problems in children. We know that good oral hygiene practices are important and should be implemented at an early age. Continue reading to learn more about common problems that we treat and more.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, or “caries,” is a disease that is preventable and occurs due to acids destroying the teeth’s enamel. Acids form when your teeth and gums are consistently exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars and bacteria. To help prevent tooth decay from occurring, it is important to practice proper oral care.

Sensitive Teeth

Teeth sensitivity occurs when the interior of the tooth and nerve endings are exposed. Usually this occurs if the enamel on the teeth is worn down, there are microscopic cracks in the teeth and the gums recede. Teeth expand and contract due to changes in temperature. Those with sensitive teeth experience pain or irritation occurs when their teeth is exposed to hot or cold foods and beverages.

Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease, or gum disease, can cause tooth loss, bone damage and inflammation. It begins with plaque, a sticky film of bacteria. Gums may bleed during the early stages of gum disease (gingivitis) and progress to a more serious condition, periodontitis. At that stage, your child’s teeth may fall our or need to be extracted. A sign that your child may have gum disease is consistent bad breath or if they complain about a bad taste in their mouth. This is a preventable problem and can be avoided through daily brushing and flossing.

Canker Sores

Aphthous ulcers, or canker sores, are small sores that often occur inside the mouth and will last about a week or two. These small, shallow ulcers have a white or gray base and are surrounded by a red border. They can make eating very uncomfortable and even cause physical sluggishness. Special mouthwashes or topical agents can reduce the duration of canker sores as well as brushing with a soft-bristled brush after means and flossing frequently.

Orthodontic Problems

A malocclusion, or a bite that does not meet properly, can be something that is inherited, but can also be acquire through finger or thumb sucking for an extended period of time and more. Missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws can also cause malocclusions.

Contact Us Our Mission Viejo CA Pediatric Dental Office

Thank you for choosing South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics for you child’s oral care needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our Mission Viejo office, and we will gladly help you. If you think your child is experiencing any of the problems mentioned above or may need dental or orthodontic care, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!