There are many problems that can affect your child’s teeth, problems that left unaddressed, can affect their dental health as adults. Dr. Ryan Johansen and his dental practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, want our patients to have healthy smiles that last a lifetime. Make an appointment by calling 801-519-2222 and have our pediatric dentist help address some of the following common pediatric issues:

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay affects many children and adults and is often caused by exposing the teeth to a wide range of sugary and starchy foods. These break down and feed bacteria growth, which damages and weakens tooth enamel. Avoid foods with too many refined or natural sugars and limit your child’s intake of soda and fruit drinks. An additional option for parents to look into is fluoride and dental sealant treatments.

Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth react to low or high temperatures, causing patients dental pain. These are often due to receding gums or small cracks in the enamel that exposure inner areas of the tooth. If your child suffers from sensitive teeth, come in and meet with our pediatric dentist for an examination and treatment options.

Gum Disease

Gum, or periodontal, disease commonly affects our patients and occurs as plaque build-up affects the soft tissues of the mouth. Early stages, commonly called gingivitis, cause the gums to swell, redden and bleed. Without proper treatment, this can develop into periodontitis, leading to tooth decay and loss. Bring in your child today for a periodontal exam and treatment if they exhibit early symptoms.

Canker Sores

Tiny cuts or injuries in soft tissue can develop into light-colored sores. These can often be treated with an over-the-counter topical gel or an antimicrobial mouthwash.

Orthodontic Problems

As your child grows and develops, orthodontic problems can start to appear. From crowded teeth to misaligned bites, this can cause wear and tear on your teeth. We encourage parents to seek orthodontic treatment with our own orthodontist, Dr. Willard E. Zurcher, to keep your child’s teeth healthy throughout their procedure.