Adult tooth sensitivity is often the result of aging enamel that exposes the under layers of the tooth to the effects of extreme hot or cold sensations. Children can suffer from the same pangs of sensitivity, even though the causes may be completely different.

If your child suddenly starts to complain that his sip of hot chocolate or his spoonful of ice cream is painful to his teeth it may well be that tooth decay is spreading. If the pain persists or intensifies, make an appointment with your pediatric dentist asap.

The loss of your child’s baby teeth is part of the process of the natural transition to his permanent ones. Sometimes over the course of this transference, the teeth can become more sensitive to certain foods or drinks.

Sinus trouble can bring increased bouts of sneezing and congestion. The pressure that builds up in your child’s sinus cavities can have an effect on the sensitivity of his teeth as well.

If your child is a “grinder” his teeth may become more sensitive. The gnashing and grating associated with bruxism can eventually cause the tooth enamel to crack.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of improper brushing or abrasive toothpaste. Appropriate dental care is especially important for the child who wears braces. Pediatric dentists and hygienists recommend that children brush in a circular motion using a soft bristle toothbrush.

Talk to Dr. Kaelin about other causes of tooth sensitivity and how to prevent it. Call Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry @ 303-835-9330.