common dental issues

As your child gets older, they are likely to face dental problems. Parents may find these issues concerning, but Dr. David Moore is explaining four of the most common dental issues and sharing tips on how to avoid them.


It starts out as a way to soothe themselves, but it can sometimes turn into a habit. Children often suck their thumb when they are nervous, scared, or overtired. This habit does not typically become an issue until their adult teeth start to come in. Thumbsucking past the age of eight years old can lead to orthodontic issues, including tooth alignment, proper growth of the mouth, and changes to the roof of the mouth.

Loss of baby teeth

While the loss of baby teeth is not avoidable, it is something you can prepare for. Around the age of six years old, your child may start to lose their milk teeth, also known as baby teeth. If this is something you worry may frighten your child, it helps to explain to them the difference between their older and newer teeth, and why their baby teeth have to fall out. If your child has trouble with a baby tooth not falling out on its own, contact Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry to talk about extraction.

Gum disease

If you notice that your child has red or inflamed gums, it is likely they are suffering from gingivitis – commonly known as gum disease. Other signs include bleeding gums, bad taste in the mouth, and bad breath. Gum disease is caused by plaque that has accumulated on the teeth. To prevent gingivitis and tooth loss, ensure your child is practicing healthy oral hygiene habits.

Tooth decay

In children ages six to eleven, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease. Tooth decay is starts with an infection of acid-producing caused by diet and lack of oral hygiene. To prevent tooth decay, replace sugary sodas and juices with milk and water, and have your child brush and floss their teeth twice daily.

For more questions about common dental issues in children ages six to eleven, contact Dr. David Moore at Charlotte Pediatric Dentistry. He’ll be happy to address any concerns you may have about your child’s dental health.