Common Problems

The talented doctors at Elko Dental Specialists are proud to offer a wide range of dental services to patients of all ages living in and around Elko, NV. Whether you’re looking an experienced dental team to provide your children with preventative dental care or want to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, we welcome you to our practice where we provide many dental services under one roof.

When it comes to children and their oral health, it’s important to play a proactive role in establishing a strong oral hygiene routine. Below is an overview of some of the most common problems our youngest patients experience, and how to avoid them.

Tooth Decay

When your child consumes many starches and sugars, the acids begin to wear down tooth enamel. It starts with unhealthy foods, such as cookies, candy, sodas and fruit juices, that can leave deposits on the teeth. These deposits can bond with the bacteria in the mouth to form plaque, which work together to cause tooth decay. Tooth decay can negatively impact the quality of your child’s life as it can lead to infection, pain and eventual tooth loss. It can also affect how your child feels about themselves, which could affect them both educationally and socially.

Although tooth decay affects millions of children every year, it’s a preventable disease. To help your children avoid this, be sure they’re following proper brushing and flossing techniques. Also, make sure you’re providing them with a healthy diet, that limits their sugary and starch consumption.

Canker Sores

A canker sore is a small sore on the inside of the mouth that has a white or gray base and a surrounding red border. These sores tend to last one to two weeks, and have potential to reoccur. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash or a topical agent can help.

Sensitive Teeth

If your child often complains about pain or intense “tingling” sensation when they consume something hot or cold or when brushing their teeth, they may have sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth can be symptomatic of a variety of conditions, such as a harmless sinus headache, tooth decay, loose fillings or receding gums. However, if left unaddressed, sensitive teeth can lead to the breakdown of enamel or receding gums.

Gum Disease

Gum disease begins with plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that builds up on the teeth. During the early stages of gum disease, it’s common for the gums to become swollen and bleed easily when brushing & flossing. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, the teeth may loosen and fall out. Early signs of gum disease include consistent bad breath or a foul taste in the mouth, so make sure your child does a great job of brushing and flossing every day.

Orthodontic Problems

Malocclusions or “bad bites” are often inherited, although some can be acquired with poor oral health habits. For example, a child who sucks their thumb for an extended period of time may develop a bad bite. Malocclusions can also be caused by:

  • Missing Teeth
  • Extra Teeth
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Misaligned Jaws
  • Trauma Or Accidents
  • Developmental Issues

Contact Elko Dental Specialists Today!

At Elko Dental Specialists, we provide a wide range of high quality pediatric dental services to children. If you have any questions about our office or the services we provide, please contact us as we’re always happy to assist you! If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child or yourself, please complete the appointment request form online. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice, where we love making our patients smile!