Apart from the main things that cause and maintain sensitive teeth in general (exposure to the dentin and gum recession being the first two in the list), there is also further information you should be aware of when considering sensitive teeth in children. There are a few main elements that lead to such a reality for your kid:
- Incorrect brushing. Actually, this is the first one in the list. You need to instruct your child how to brush in order to minimize the possible effects of sensitive teeth. There are two possible situations here: he may be too superficial (in which case, your feedback should entail a full description of correct brushing) or he may simply apply too much pressure. In this second case, you can either correct it manually, or purchase a brush with pressure sensor.
- Untreated teeth. Children may experience sensitive teeth due to cavities or even more serious conditions, which are left untreated. However, even after professional treatment, you still need to assist your child’s brushing to make sure it is adequate and regular.
- Gum recession. This condition is rare in children and it may be related to various dental diseases or orthodontic issues. In this particular case, your dentist will explain what you need to do to reduce the effects and tooth sensitivity.
In any of the cases above, it is a good idea to change your child’s toothpaste with professional toothpaste for sensitive teeth. Such formulas reduce pain during brushing and help build the layer above the dentin that has initially worn out. They also offer good psychological support, by showing your kid that some solutions work fast, thus encouraging your kid to brush regularly.
In addition, whichever the context may be, it is advisable to see a dentist in order to make sure the situation is not serious in any way. Such cases, if left untreated in the first place, may worsen the condition of your child’s teeth with possible severe complications in the future.
Keep a continuous dialogue with your child and make him put into words how he feels with regard to his teeth if you want to catch this problem right from its initial stages.