Hi, it's Mia Armonde here to talk to you about family dentistry. As my small family grew into a large one, I found myself at the dental office on a regular basis. Every six months, the kids would go into the dentist for a cleaning or repairs to their teeth. During that time, I took an interest in the various ways the dental tools were evolving. Tools used in the dental industry have grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades. For example, my kids went from hearing the dental drill to wearing headphones that completely canceled out the sound. Each time we go back into the dentist, I take a close look at the improvements that have arisen since the last visit. The results are astounding. I will cover my findings on this site, so you can also enjoy the improvements to dental tools and techniques.
Ensuring your child has a healthy, appealing smile requires more than just brushing and flossing. For many children, orthodontic care is necessary. While surprising to hear, orthodontic treatment can begin as early as 6six or seven years old. If you are like most parents, you may feel your child is too young for braces and other orthodontic care, but early intervention can actually reduce the risk of more involved care in the future. Fortunately, this guide will help you learn the signs your child needs orthodontic care.
1. Premature Loss of Baby Teeth
Each child is different, so your child may begin to lose teeth earlier or later than another child of the same age.
When the baby tooth is lost, there will be a space in your child's mouth until their permanent teeth come in. Your child's existing baby or permanent teeth may shift, moving into the empty space. As these teeth shift, your child's smile may be crooked and their bite misaligned.
Overcrowding is a problem many children face. Basically, this stems from teeth growing too fast, too soon, and too closely. Overcrowding not only affects your child's appearance. Overcrowding leads to worn tooth enamel because the teeth are so close together. Without this enamel, your child's teeth will be more susceptible to cavities and decay.
Without sufficient space in the mouth, new teeth may not erupt in a straight, aligned manner. This affects not only your child's smile, but it also leads to misaligned bites that can cause speech issues and discomfort as they grow.
3. Overbites/Underbites/Open Bites
Many children develop overbites and underbites at an early age. Openings in the upper or lower front teeth are also common in young children. These changes in their smile usually stem from a behavior or habit, such as sucking on a pacifier or their thumbs/fingers.
Before beginning orthodontic treatment to correct your child's smile, your orthodontist will recommend solutions to help your child break the habit. Providing them with other comforts, such as soft music and a blanket may pacify your child without the need for sucking on a pacifier. If your child is a thumb sucker, applying a bitter liquid on the thumbs and fingers can help break this habit.
Once the habit has been addressed, braces can move the teeth into a more aligned position.
From correcting the appearance of their smile and improving their self-esteem to preventing further dental issues, orthodontic care can be a great investment for your child.Share
18 October 2018