Pre-Schooler Teeth Issues

Pre-Schooler Teeth Issues

15 April 2022
Posted by: Chelsea

There are some pre-schooler teeth issues to be aware of, though in the vast majority of cases these are not cause for serious concern.

Thumb sucking

In most situations, this is simply based on the folklore that children who suck their thumbs will get protruding teeth.

Typically though, many dentists agree this is not a serious risk or problem, assuming the thumb-sucking is occasional and ends fairly early in life.

There are though some cases where it continues into even the earlier school years and is relatively continuous. In such instances, there might be a theoretical risk to the development of the front of the jaw and teeth.

If you feel your child is at risk, consult your doctor for advice on how to help children give up thumb-sucking.

Teeth grinding

The exact causes of this are not entirely clear. In some cases, it can even continue into adult life.

In younger children, this is rarely cause for concern and it will spontaneously stop but if it becomes continual then it may lead to teeth damage and the early loss of milk teeth.

There is no fixed solution to the problem and the causes may vary from one child to another. Again, consult your doctor for advice.


Children will fall over or run into things etc. It’s very common for them to suffer injuries to their milk teeth.

If possible, you should always consult a dentist over injuries to teeth and especially if they have resulted in the loss of a tooth. Don’t just assume their adult tooth will “make things right” in due course.

If your child has suffered a damaged milk tooth, don’t try and force it out or push it back in – serious effects may result including infections etc.


Assuming best practice dental hygiene is followed, the risks here should be minor though they do exist, with infections being an ever-present possibility.

Most problems here are likely to arise due to the consumption of too much sugar or other corrosive agents. Keeping to the guidelines for children’s diets should reduce the risks of such by a massive factor.

Even so, it is now clear that for genetic reasons, even if all other things are equal, some children seem to have naturally stronger and healthier teeth than others. If problems with cavities, gum infections or mouth ulcers run in the family of either biological parent, then there is a higher chance your child might suffer from them too.

The solutions here are to maintain good dental hygiene and also to visit your dentist regularly for check-ups.

Things to look for in this category:

  • unusually red or inflamed gums and particularly around your child’s teeth;
  • persistent bad breath;
  • lesions or any other form or eruption around the teeth, gums or mouth areas;
  • bleeding from the teeth or gums notably around teeth cleaning time (it may simply mean you’re cleaning a little too vigorously);
  • loose teeth, when not associated with normal milk teeth loss which typically starts around the age of 5 or 6.

Don’t forget, ask your dentist for a check and advice sooner rather than later.

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