How Early Treatment Can Benefit Children
Age 7 might seem a bit early to get orthodontic treatment, but what you might not have considered is that, since children lose their baby teeth from ages 6-12, you can actually prevent them enduring long periods of wearing braces as a teenager with early treatment.
Great oral health begins in childhood. It’s important for parents to teach their children good routines for oral hygiene as they grow up. As your young one’s baby teeth grow in, you should begin brushing them with a soft-bristled brush and a bit of toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). When their teeth can touch, start flossing. Teaching your child how to brush, floss, and not to swallow toothpaste is what will help them develop good routines and protect their teeth for a lifetime.
Asking Questions and Monitoring Your Child’s Alignment
So as you teach your child how to maintain their teeth, you should also try to explain to them about what is normal or not normal for their smile. Ask them whether their teeth line up when they bite down. Do they have any jaw pain in the morning? Do they snore? Look to see if their jaw seems sunken or if they have an underbite. Encouraging your child to speak up if something seems wrong only works if they understand what their teeth and smile should look and feel like.
Outside Factors Can Also Affect Your Child’s Alignment
As teeth come in, an orthodontist can already keep an eye on issues of crowding or teeth growing in crooked, but only you as a parent can monitor outside factors that could affect your child’s teeth. Sometimes we as adults will develop ticks when we are stressed, but teenagers and children can develop bad habits as well. If your child is clenching their teeth, or pushing their teeth forward, they can cause damage to their alignment. In younger children, be aware of thumb-sucking, as this can pull teeth forward in the front of the bite.
If you’re having a hard time knowing if your child’s teeth are okay, we can help. A simple trip to an orthodontist for a consultation will put your mind at ease, and using the equipment we have (like iTero scanners, x ray scans, etc.) we can determine more definitively if your child needs treatment. Book one today by calling us at (403) 995-7709
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