The orthodontic specialist has the academic preparation, competence, and professionalism to visit children of all ages, identify the warning signs for their oral health and provide parents with all the necessary information.
Many parents wait for all their deciduous teeth to be replaced by permanent ones to take the baby to the dentist. On the other hand, orthodontists recommend that a specialist examination be carried out around the age of 4-7 years and benefit from early treatment to avoid heavier orthodontic problems later on.
4 ways to Implement a Healthy Routine for your Kids:
- Avoid sugary drinks (including milk in baby bottles and fruit juices):
Sugars and acids create an environment conducive to cavities that exploit the natural weakness of milk teeth.
Avoid putting the child to sleep with the pacifier dipped in honey or with a bottle containing sugary drinks.
If the child uses the pacifier, it is advisable not to soak it in honey or other sugary substances, as this can lead to the formation of caries and/or gingivitis.
For the same reason, it is also advisable not to put the child to sleep while drinking the bottle containing milk, fruit juice or herbal tea. If you want to give your child something to relax and put him to sleep, then water is the only acceptable solution.
- Chewing solid and consistent foods:
This is an excellent practice to promote dental cleaning and gymnastics.
- Educate oral hygiene
Educate the child in home oral hygiene. You have to involve him from the first years to wash his teeth, making it a pleasant and fun moment.
Check the result with each brushing until its complete autonomy in the management of oral hygiene. Even newborns should have their gums and first teeth checked with damp gauze after each meal.
From weaning the teeth should be brushed, even without the toothpaste, following the first ingestion of solid foods.
Also, get the right toothbrush for your kid. Children under the age of 3 can use a thin layer of toothpaste on the toothbrush containing between 500ppm and 1,000ppm of fluoride, a concentration that can increase with growth up to 6 years in which they can start using toothpaste for adults.
Educate him for correct brushing techniques. Clean the external surfaces of the teeth by placing the brush at a 45° angle towards the gum and then moving it from the gum towards the tooth with slight pressure, with short vibratory movements.
The inner surface of the anterior teeth must be cleaned keeping the toothbrush vertically while all the chewing surfaces must be gently brushed with back and forth movements.
This helps prevent tooth decay and promote tooth mineralization as well as reinforcing enamel after exposure to mouth acidity.
- Be an example
For a child, especially at an early age, to make it a habit, oral hygiene must be experienced as a game. An even more beautiful game when shared with parents. We encourage the child to experiment with the use of the toothbrush alone but remember to complete the operation correctly until it is completely autonomous.
Importance of Early Orthodontics
Generally, early interceptive therapy is undertaken when the child immediately presents some problems. For example, in cases where they are present:
- A deviation of the physiological growth of the mouth caused by vitiated habits such as the use of the pacifier, bottle or thumb sucking.
- The alteration of some functions such as breathing, speech, swallowing.
- The eruption alterations of some dental elements.
- Particular malocclusions, such as functional asymmetries, progenies, crossbites, etc.
If you found any of these problems, it is advisable to take your kid to the kids dental care clinic without any delays.
The Right Age for Kids to correct Mouth Defects
Early intercepted orthodontic problems allow more therapeutic choices. But if it is true that the most suitable age is that between childhood and adolescence, it is also true that there are no limits to starting orthodontic treatment.
Although with advancing age, in fact, the therapeutic possibilities are reduced and bone growth can no longer be exploited, orthodontics is nevertheless able to give good results even in adulthood, allowing the recovery of some problems that can lead to dysfunctionality and aesthetic problems.
The choice of the fixture, fixed or mobile, depends also on aesthetic factors. In the first instance, however, it is always the Children dentist specialist who assesses orthodontic care and, therefore, the type of appliance that is most suited to the patient’s needs.
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