Parents and children alike probably dread the need for braces. Underbite, overbite, and crooked teeth along with several other issues can contribute to the need for braces. For parents, braces present an extra expense along with routhine orthodontist appointments, not to mention the struggle with a child who both unfomfortable and likely irritable. Many parents ask what can be done to prevent braces? Unfortunately, the need for braces is not always preventable as genetics are often to blame. There is not much you can do if your child was born with an overbite or underbite or if their permanent teeth simply grew in skewed. However, there are a few tips a parent can follow while a child is young to help prevent the need for braces later on.
Avoid Long-Term Thumb Sucking Or Pacifier Use
Pacifiers and thumb sucking in infants and toddlers are common habits for self-soothing, however an extended habit of either can negatively affect the overall oral health and development of a child. Both can affect jaw development, stunt the growth of teeth and cause teeth to come in crooked.
The earlier you teach your child how to properly brush, the better you will provide them with the possibility for good dental health. Brushing everyday wards off decay and protects the enamel of the teeth, preventing cavities and the need for early extraction of baby teeth. Take the time to clean your baby’s gums even before their teeth come in and continue the habit as they grow. Brushing properly will keeping teeth clean, prevent cavities and lessen the chance that your child will need braces later on.
Encourage Regular Flossing
Just like brushing, flossing teeth regularly in children will help in avoiding plaque build up between the teeth and prevent cavities. Flossing also prevents gingivitis and gum disease which if contracted by children, can be detrimental to oral health. Floss until you reach the gums, but do not dig into the gums with floss until they bleed or become sore. Flossing can play a large role in helping to prevent the need for braces later on.
Maintain Routine Dental Cleanings And Check Ups.
Through routine dental evaluations, pediartic dentists will help set up your child for long-term dental health. An experienced pediatric dentist understands how a child’s teeth and jaws develop and will be able to recognize potential issues before they can cause damage or create the need for further treatment or braces.
Understand Braces May Be Inevitable.
The need for braces cannot always be prevented. Genetics do in fact play a large factor, as do many other circumstances and cannot always be avoided.