Posted on October 4, 2022
There are important things to keep in mind when it comes to your child’s oral health. Most parents aren’t aware that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children that need to see an orthodontist see the specialist around age seven. An orthodontist is a specialist that provides treatment to correct a wide range of misalignments. There are three other steps you should take for your child’s oral health.
An early visit to the orthodontist is essential for early interventions, but it’s not the only thing you should be doing to ensure positive oral health. A healthy diet is essential to keep your child’s oral health at an optimum level. Avoiding sweet treats and sticky food, sugary beverages, and other foods that can cause cavities.
Keep sweet treats to a minimum. If your child is wearing braces, then it’s very important to avoid sticky foods that can stick to the braces or hard foods that could break the brackets.
Brushing and flossing are a must. Parents have to help children brush and floss until they are about six years of age and can do it properly on their own. Taking the step to put your child on the path toward good oral hygiene habits starts in infancy before their teeth ever emerge. Using a soft cloth on baby’s gums not only clears away any debris but will also get them used to having their teeth cleaned later down the road.
Children should start seeing a dentist at one year of age when their primary teeth have begun to emerge. Your general dentist is the dental care provider that will make a recommendation to see an orthodontist based on the placement of your child’s teeth. They will also partner with you to help prevent dental problems and ensure that your child is getting the oral health care they deserve.
Prioritizing your child’s oral health early on will ensure a lifetime of good oral health. Work closely with Smilebliss to learn how to help your child have a healthy smile that they can feel proud of.