Checking Your Child’s Teeth How can you tell if your child has a dental problem? When your children brush their teeth, take some time to check their teeth to be sure they are doing a good job of brushing, and to make sure their teeth are healthy. Look for these signs of trouble: Dark spots on the teeth Holes in the enamel Pain in mouth Teeth that are sensitive to heat, cold, or sweets Teeth that are painful or sensitive when chewing Gums that are pulling away from the teeth If you notice any of these problems with your child’s teeth, schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. The problem is easier to fix if treated early. Remember, having healthy teeth is very important to overall health.