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When it comes to your teeth, you only get one chance. That is, after you’re done with your baby teeth. While your kids may seem indestructible and ready to bounce back from anything else, when it comes to their oral health, you need to be on the ball and to be on it ASAP to prevent the worst from happening.
Here are some of the oral health issues you should be ready to address as soon as you can.
There is no oral health issue more widespread than the risk of tooth decay. If you don’t brush your teeth, they will fall out. Or they might simply need more fillings as time goes on, become more discoloured, and affect your self-esteem. Getting children into new habits can be tough, that much is certainly true, but you can’t let them skip their daily brushing. Make sure that you’re spending the time with them, brushing together, and teaching them how to hit all the spots that they need to. It’s about turning it into a routine. Once they develop it, maintaining it is a lot easier than trying to learn it later in life.
Though talked about more when we are adults, gum disease can affect children, as well. Aside from bleeding, enflamed and sensitive gums, it can lead to the exposure of tooth nerves that can make them a lot more sensitive. What’s more, their teeth can be at a risk of falling out when they are coping with long-term gum disease. As such, brushing alone isn’t enough, regular checkups and routine cleanings at the dentist are essential, as well.
We can deal with misalignment issues at any age. Teeth can come in at any angle, leading to problems like crowded teeth. However, these problems can get more pronounced and more difficult to fix as time goes on. As such, many parents will opt to try and correct them with options like clear braces when their children are younger. Alignment issues aren’t purely aesthetic, they can also affect a child’s bite and make them more prone to dental injuries later in life. As such, fixing them before they get exacerbated can save them a lot of trouble down the line.
Though it might not be an issue with their oral health, directly, your child’s attitude towards the dentist and oral treatments, in general, will have an impact on their oral health in the long term. In some cases, you may not have any options but to rely on sedation dentistry. However, many children can learn to overcome their initial fear or anxiety with the dentist. Getting more used to the concept of the dentist, visiting the office ahead of time, meeting the staff that will treat them in advance, and so on can help them better acclimate to it mentally so they find it easier to get comfortable.
When it comes to oral health, you don’t want to take any chances of leave things lying for too long. We live the rest of our life with the consequences, after all.