Sensory Issues Children Teeth

Kids who have sensory issues often are the first to complain about the temperature of food. If they enjoy an ice cream, they might get bothered when the cold texture of the ice cream touches their teeth or tongue. Similarly, this can happen with smoothies, popsicles or other cold drinks.  On the opposite hand, teeth can be affected by the heat too and some kids won’t like eating hot soups or drinking hot chocolate or tea.  there are several ways to address this issue.  Some people decide to stop letting their kids have cold or hot foods altogether. However, this is one of the worst things you can do.  It’s important to help overcome sensory issues by constantly trying to introduce new foods and textures into your child’s diet.

Are there any treatments available to combat sensitivity?

Otherwise, your child will never be able to get past these issues and expand their diet or break their texture issues.  What is important to do is make sure that the child isn’t experiencing discomfort or pain when trying these foods. There are several different treatments available for sensitive teeth at various dental office. One practice  specializes in sensitive teeth treatment offers a fluoride dental covering to help decrease sensitivity both in children and adults.  After one treatment, it’s much less noticeable and painful for a child to eat ice cream or drink something warm. Without this teeth sensitivity, your child will be more likely to try new foods regardless of the temperature.  Consult your family dentist to see what options are available to reduce sensitivity.

What other steps can we take prior to visiting our dentist?

There are other options you can try first if your kids aren’t a big fan of the dentist.  Many different toothpaste companies have their own sensitive line. You should look for one that is designed specifically for children.  Using this toothpaste twice a day will greatly reduce sensitivity.  Additionally, there are many kid-friendly mouth rinses you can try each night before bed.  Try to avoid foods that are extremely hot or excessively cold and stick to ones that have been sitting out of the freezer for 5 minutes, for example, if serving ice cream.  Slowly build up the tolerance.

This video has great tips for helping your kid brush their teeth:

The type of toothbrush that your child uses also can greatly matter. Let your child try out the one that feels the best and it can help if the design or color is something they also like.  Try to create a positive and friendly experience for your child as he or she learns to brush their own teeth. If it becomes enjoyable, it will be much easier to do on a frequent basis.

Sensitive Teeth and Getting Your Kids to Brush