Common Problems

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Early Dental Care In Albuquerque, NM

Meckler Pediatric Dentistry strives to provide the best early dental care to patients around the Albuquerque area while maintaining a fun, friendly office environment. If you think your child may be experiencing any of the problems below, don't worry – we have the skills and knowledge to treat all of these, and Dr. Meckler and our dedicated team of pediatric dental specialists know how to make every trip to our office a fun, pleasant experience for all involved!

With proper oral hygiene and frequent visits with Dr. Meckler, we can identify and even prevent most common dental problems, but sometimes life happens and you are faced with the unexpected. Learn more about these common problems below and contact our Albuquerque pediatric dental office for more information.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a highly preventable condition, but if left untreated, it can severely impact a child's dental development and total quality of life. The problem is that sugars, starches and carbohydrates in food interact with bacteria in the mouth to form acids that eat away at enamel, leaving teeth weakened and eventually leading to dental decay and cavities. To help counteract decay, teach your child to maintain a strong, consistent oral hygiene routine with proper brushing and flossing techniques, emphasize the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet, and visit our office regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Sensitive Tooth

It's normal for teeth to expand or contract in response to changes in temperature, but for children with sensitive teeth, this can cause significant pain and discomfort. Sensitivity can come from tooth enamel wearing down over time, gums receding, or microscopic cracks that can develop in teeth and expose the sensitive interior of teeth and irritate nerve endings. If your child is suffering from sensitive teeth, try using a desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride rinse, a softer toothbrush, and be sure to let us know at your next visit.

Canker Sores

Canker sores are small open sores that develop inside the mouth, usually white or grey in appearance and surrounded by a red border. They're usually relatively painless, benign, and aren't contagious, but if they're a common occurrence or a problem for your child, try using toothpaste without sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) to reduce their frequency. If the problem persists, we can recommend antimicrobial gels and rinses to help them disappear quickly.

Orthodontic Problems

Problems with the bite, also called malocclusions, can either be inherited or acquired, with common malocclusions being missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth, or misaligned jaws. Many patients will need orthodontic treatment with braces, so we'll refer your child for an orthodontic evaluation when he or she is dentally ready.

Your Albuquerque & Rio Rancho Area Pediatric Dentist

Have more questions or concerns about these issues or your child's dental health? We're always here to help! Feel free to call us at (505) 878-0700, reach out to us at our contact page with any questions, or schedule an appointment at our office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping your child develop a healthy, beautiful, long-lasting smile!