With so many kids wearing braces these days, some parents can’t help but wonder whether their child also needs braces or not. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should ideally see an orthodontist by age seven. Here at Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, one of our orthodontists, Dr. Aaron Stump, Dr. Taylor Smith, or Dr. Jennifer Dixon will be able to determine whether your child requires orthodontics during your consultation in our Spring Creek or Hollymead office in Charlottesville, NC.
In the meantime, below are signs to watch out for that could indicate your child might benefit from orthodontic treatment:
- Mouth breathing
- Difficulty biting or down or chewing
- Irregular, late, or early loss of milk teeth
- Finger or thumb sucking
- Jaws that are recessed, protruded, make sounds, or shift
- Blocked-out, misplaced, or crowded teeth
- Teeth that don’t touch each other or meet abnormally
- Teeth and jaws that seem too small or big for the face
The AAO recommends that if you see any of these issues with your child, you should see your orthodontist even if you’re child is younger than seven years old.
Is There an Ideal Age for Orthodontic Treatment?
Essentially, the most suitable age will vary from one child to another. In most cases, however, orthodontic treatment typically starts between nine and 14 years old since children in this age bracket have some adult teeth already while some are still growing.
Take note that most orthodontic issues like crowded teeth protruded upper teeth, missing or extra teeth, jaw growth issues, and excess space between teeth might be hereditary. On the other hand, some orthodontic issues develop over time due to poor habits like sucking on fingers or thumbs, poor nutrition, poor oral hygiene, or breathing through the mouth among others.
What Problems Can Orthodontics Treat?
Any orthodontic issue could be considered a bad bite or malocclusion. The specific orthodontic treatment that your orthodontist in our Spring Creek or Hollymead offices in Charlottesville, NC, may recommend will significantly depend on your child’s specific problem and the severity of the malocclusion. Generally speaking though, orthodontics can help address the following:
- Crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth
- Extra or missing teeth
- Open bites
- Incorrect or crooked jaw positioning
- Jaw joint disorders
- Overlapping or closely-spaced teeth
- Open spaces between teeth, which includes diastema correction
For More Details on Orthodontics? Give Us a Call
Schedule an evaluation with one of our dentists here in Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Aaron Stump, Dr. Taylor Smith, or Dr. Jennifer Dixon. You can reach our Hollymead Charlottesville, NC, office at (434)-975-7336 and our Spring Creek Charlottesville, NC, office at (540) 832-6657.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry will be temporarily closed in accordance with the recommendations by the CDC and ADA.
Practicing good oral hygiene offers a simple way to protect your children from tooth decay and gum disease. With a little instruction and supervision from you, your kids can master these important oral hygiene tasks. In addition to brushing and flossing, checkups with Charlottesville, VA, pediatric dentists, Dr. Aaron Stump, Taylor Smith and Jennifer Dixon of Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, will help your children keep their smiles healthy.
You're never too young for good oral hygiene
Start your child's oral hygiene routine before the appearance of the first tooth. Clean your child's gums with a damp washcloth or small piece of gauze. After the first tooth erupts, add a tiny amount of toothpaste, no bigger than a grain of rice, to the washcloth or gauze and clean all sides of the tooth twice a day. As more teeth erupt, you can eventually use a soft, child-sized toothbrush and a pea-sized dab of toothpaste to clean the teeth.
Babies and young children don't usually like the taste of mint-flavored toothpaste. Luckily, manufacturers make fluoridated toothpaste in bubblegum, watermelon, and other kid-approved flavors. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel, reducing your child's risk of cavities.
Show and tell
Most kids like to imitate the things that their parents do, and brushing teeth is no exception. Let your kids watch you while you brush and floss, and explain that these actions remove plaque. Although your kids can't see plaque, it can hurt their teeth and cause cavities if they don't brush thoroughly.
Show your children how to brush correctly by holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and brushing all sides of the teeth. As your child's motor skills become more developed, they will eventually be able to handle brushing and flossing without assistance. Most children need a little help brushing and flossing until they're about 7. Beyond 7, they may still need supervision to ensure that they're actually brushing and flossing correctly.
Make oral hygiene fun
Is it a struggle to convince your children to brush and floss? Making these chores a little more fun and interesting can help. You can buy toothbrushes that look like cartoon characters, play music, or light up at most stores. Giving your kids colorful stickers for completing oral hygiene tasks may also be helpful.
Good oral hygiene helps your children maintain their healthy smiles. If you're concerned about a dental issue, get in touch with Drs. Stump, Smith and Dixon, your pediatric dentists in Charlottesville, VA. Call (434) 975-7336 to reach Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry's Hollymead office or (540) 832-6657 for the Spring Creek office.
Welcome to the Blog of Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a dentist in the Charlottesville, VA area, we’re excited you are here. With the dental industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
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