Many adults tend to neglect their oral health, and this can lead to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease. When a child’s oral health is neglected, however, it can result in health issues that will plague them for a lifetime. Even if your child has not lost all of their baby teeth, it might be time to schedule their first orthodontic screening to see if any problems need to be addressed.
Early Dental Care
Just because a child’s first set of teeth will eventually fall out does not mean that they are not important. These teeth will have a large impact on the development of their jaw, their facial structure, and the growth of their adult teeth.
Parents should begin scheduling regular dental appointments for their child when their first teeth erupt or before their first birthday. This will give the dentist time to track any issues that will need to be addressed in the future and suggest preventative treatments such dental sealants to prevent cavities.
Unless the child’s dentist has noticed any unusual issues and suggested an earlier appointment, a child’s first orthodontic screening should take place around the age of seven. This is the time when most boys and girls will have their first adult teeth erupt as the last of their baby teeth fall out. Orthodontic treatments might not be needed immediately, but catching any development issues early could prevent a lifetime of problems.
Diagnosing Orthodontic Issues
If problems are found during this initial screening or any follow-up appointments, it will be time for the parent and orthodontist to start discussing treatment options. As a general rule, it is recommended that orthodontic treatments are carried out as soon as possible.
It was not long ago that high schools and even colleges were filled with students wearing braces, and one of the reasons for this was the fact that treatments didn’t begin until much later in life. Modern braces can be installed within months of a child’s adult teeth erupting.
Modern braces are more comfortable and effective than ever. With preventative services, children often need these devices in their mouth for just a fraction of the time.
If your child does need braces, it is important that they receive these devices immediately. Delaying this orthodontic treatment for even a few months could affect the final results.
As braces become more effective, and the stigma surrounding them continues to diminish, more children than ever are enjoying a straight and healthy smile. Once they are installed, parents should plan on having orthodontic appointments at least once every six months so that the orthodontist can continue tracking their child’s progress and make adjustments as needed.
During this period, children must continue to brush and floss daily to prevent additional health problems such as gum disease.
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