Category: Baby Tooth Decay

Category: Baby Tooth Decay

How can thumb sucking be detrimental to the child oral health!!!

Almost 8 out of 10 parents would have faced this challenge of thumb sucking with their own children. Until 4 years, thumb sucking is considered as a normal habit. However, if your child thumb suck beyond 4 years then you might have to take advice from your pediatric dentist.

Thumb Sucking Affects Oral Health
Thumb Sucking Affects Childs Oral Health

Consequences of thumb sucking:

Protruding Front teeth

When sucking their thumb, children often press their thumb against the part of the gum where their incisors emerge. Over time, this continuous pressure pushes the front teeth forward when they grow. Protruding front teeth are aesthetically unappealing and may make your child feel insecure about their appearance.

Open Bite

This means the two sets of teeth don’t touch even when your child shuts their mouth. It also causes irregular chewing pattern and discomfort.

Increases Vulnerability to Mouth Ulcers

Children that suck their thumbs are more likely to develop mouth ulcers. Mouth ulcers can make a child avoid tooth brushing because it’s painful.

Promotes Mouth Breathing

When children suck their thumb during bedtime, then they fall asleep, they’ll likely sleep with their mouths open. This makes them breathe through their mouths instead of their noses. Mouth breathing can be dangerous because it introduces harmful pathogens that can harm the teeth and gums.

Increases Risks of Infections

One of the significant problems associated with thumb-sucking is the spread of bacteria and infection into a child’s body, weakening the immune system to fight against the bacteria and germs affecting oral and overall health.

Misalignment of Jaw and Teeth

The most negative side-effect of thumb-sucking is to cause misalignment of a child’s teeth and even jaw.

Sensitivity Issue in The Mouth

Another risk associated with thumb-sucking is damaging the nerves of the gum and teeth, creating sensitivity around the mouth and teeth with a hot and cold temperature contact such as hot tea, cold drinks, soup, etc.

All these consequences are preventable and treatable, if identified and assisted at the right age.

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Common Causes Of Tooth Decay

Common Causes Of Tooth Decay

Tooth Decay is one among the world’s most common health problem seen in children and adults. If tooth decay is not treated they might affect deeper layers of your tooth structure which leads to severe pain, infection and finally tooth loss. Major causes for tooth decay develops by eating sugary, sticky food and beverages. The more sugar consumed, the more acid attacks the tooth leading to decay. Plaque formation is another major factor of tooth decay. When sugar combines with plaque, it weakens the tooth layer causing decay. Each time we consume sugary snacks our tooth is more prone to decay.

Second factor is poor oral hygiene. It allows plaque formation which attacks the enamel of tooth eventually causing hole in your teeth.

Dry mouth is another cause for tooth decay. Food tends to stick to your teeth can increase risk for cavities. As decay progresses we start getting pain which is the common symptom for decay, hole or pits can be noticed in the affected tooth. Most serious symptom is swelling and pus in and around the tooth.

To prevent decay, first step is to maintain good Oral hygiene. Limit your intake of sugary food and drinks. Rinse your mouth with mouthwash which helps in removing food that is lodged in between your teeth. Visit your dentist twice a year for routine examination.

Gum diseases in Children

Common gum diseases seen in children is CHRONIC GINGIVITIS, because of soft deposit accumulation called plaque, especially in young children less than 5 years. In older children more than 6 years hard deposits called calculus is evident in lower front teeth as the new permanent teeth starts erupting it results in gum bleeding. Plaque deposits help in forming dental cavities in children especially between the two teeth. Calculus deposit results in chronic gingivitis which requires scaling of the teeth. There is an attachment called frenum in upper jaw front teeth. If this attachment is placed very high it can spoil the arrangement of the newly erupting front teeth. This is called high frenal attachment resulting in midline diastema (gap between upper front teeth) in this situation dental procedure called “Frenectomy” with the help of laser it is carried out for teeth arrangement.

The common viral infection of gums called “Acute herpetic gingivostomatitis” which occurs in toddlers and young school boys. This infection makes the child vulnerable to deteriorating general health for 5-7 days. There is another bacterial infection of gums called ANUG which is pure fusospirochete bacterial infection. This also presents a similar suffering like acute herpetic Gingivostomatitis. Children does not suffer from gum pocket formation like adults because the gum architecture and surrounding bony architecture is different from that of adults. Other common gum diseases in children are Vitamin C Deficiency, Scurvy, Swimmers Calculus, Juvenile Periodontitis, Papillon Lefevre syndrome, Hand foot and mouth disease and Apthous ulcer which again is commonly found in children.


Child abuse/child maltreatment is physical/psychological or / and sexualmaltreatment/neglect of a child especially by a parent or a caregiver.

Various children around India even today face these kinds of abuse that affecting them both physically and mentally.

Among various kinds of abuse, children facing physical abuse, a non-accidental act or behavior causing injury trauma or bodily harm, Facialinjuries are more prevalent in physical child abuse and accounts for about 50% of overall body injuries.

How can you identify?

  • A child facing facial injury during an abuse, he/she will get their teethtraumatized/knockingout indicating a blunttraumaatthesite.
  • Toothdiscoloration is an indication of repeatedtrauma.
  • Stages of healing will be different for each injuries, there will be no uniform healing of all wounds.

“Prevelence of dental injuries in physical abuse”:

Fractured teeth-32%

Fracture of upper/lower jaw-11%

Though in India, child is considered as gift of god, child abuse is still common especially in remote and tribal areas.

However child abuse cases are not reported due to lack of awareness.

Various laws and NGO’s are working against child abuse in India.


Tooth trauma in kids. Fix up an immediate appointment with a pedodontist. It will definitely help.


Tooth discolouration as a result of trauma/injury is most common among kids.

When your kid’s teeth get injured at a considerable level, that will involve the pulp of the tooth, and usually greyish/brownish discolouration of the baby tooth occurs several days after injury which is due to the main reason of ignorance.

This discolouration often goes unnoticed and leads to loss of baby tooth and creating a problem for the eruption of adult teeth.

So it is mandatory to undergo pulp therapy for the injured baby tooth and restore it with tooth coloured crown with your pediatric dentist.


Tooth avulsion is the most common scenario that occurs soon after the injury where the tooth is completely knocked out from your kid’s tooth socket.

What should you do when your kid’s tooth was knocked out?

Your pediatric dentist will restore the injured tooth by appropriate pulp therapy and crown placement.

How Tooth chipping affects Kid’s Milk Teeth

How Tooth chipping affects Kid’s Milk Teeth


Your kid’s teeth can become chipped, cracked, broken into pieces and knocked out completely as a result of minor/major injuries.

Kids often knock out their front tooth during fall/injury, this is because the upper jaw for the kids are quietly placed forward compared to the upper jaw of adults. This makes the upper front tooth of the kids to become more prominent and forwardly placed making it easy for the injury.

TOOTH CHIPPING is one of the types of tooth trauma common in children.


Tooth chipping is a complete/incomplete crack to the baby tooth (most commonly front tooth),that may involve chipping only a part of the tooth, commonly involving the lower third of the kid’s front tooth.

Your child may not feel any pain or he/she might have mild sensitivity later. But this gives really a bad esthetic appearance to your kid while he/she smiles,

And hence, it has to be treated with your pediatric dentist to restore your child’s beautiful smile.

In this case a small restoration of the baby tooth can be done if just a part of enamel has been chipped off, or if considerable tooth loss has taken place your pediatric dentist will restore it with tooth colored crown.


Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is referred to as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing bottle caries.Though the name suggests it is caused exclusively by bottle feeding, it can occur in breast infants too if the correct technique of feeding is not followed. This type of decay typically affects upper front teeth though other teeth may be affected too.

Childhood Teeth Decay Stages


The cause of this characteristic pattern of decay are sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (like milk, formula, and fruit juice) being in prolonged contact with an infant’s teeth for a long time. Bacteria in the mouth grow rapidly on this sugar and make acids that attack the teeth and destroy it completely over time.

One common risk factor is the frequent, prolonged exposure of the baby’s teeth to drinks that contain sugar. Tooth decay can occur when the baby is put to bed with a bottle or when a bottle is used as a pacifier for a fussy baby.

If baby bottle tooth decay is left untreated, pain and infection can occur which may result in abscess formation and even need hospitalization to treat the infection. If teeth are taken out early without precautions to maintain their space,the child may develop poor eating habits, speech problems, crooked teeth, and damaged adult teeth.