Oral health in children is a serious issue because the way that teeth develop through adolescence will influence the situation for many years to come. Naturally, though, kids can encounter a number of common childhood dental issues. As a parent, ensuring that your child receives the right attention is vital.
Familiarising yourself with the most common issues, along with the right solutions, is essential. Here’s all you need to know about the reasons why your child may need to see an Exeter orthodontist.
Permanent teeth should erupt no later than 12 months (usually within 6 months) after the natural loss of the baby tooth. The third molars are the most common teeth to be affected by this issue, although maxillary canines, maxillary central incisors, and mandibular second premolars experience this on a semi-frequent basis too.
This is often caused by the presence of supernumerary teeth. There are several possible orthodontic treatments depending on the reason behind this problem, but the child’s dentist will find a way to expose the permanent tooth before forcing it into position over time with help from a dental brace or similar mouthpiece.
It’s very common for teeth to erupt at an angle and fall into a crooked or unnatural position. This can be due to a host of reasons ranging from genetics to thumb sucking during childhood. Either way, the orthodontist can use braces and other contraptions to correct the damage and straighten the teeth to provide a better aesthetic and function.
The type of braces and length of treatment will vary from patient to patient, but this is the most common reason for children to visit the orthodontist by far. After wearing fixed braces to realign the teeth, it’s likely that a retainer will need to be worn for several months to prevent teeth moving back into their naturally crooked positions.
Accidents happen, especially among children. From sporting injuries and falling off climbing frames to car accidents or fighting, the damage to teeth and gums can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. Left untreated, problems such as lost teeth can impact their developing jawbones or cause further damage to other teeth.
The child dentist or orthodontist may use a range of treatments depending on the type, location, and severity of trauma. This can include using corrective braces, dental bridges, or crowns. In some cases, it may be necessary to use tooth extractions and prosthetic teeth or dentures designed specifically for kids. The age of the child will influence the decisions too.
Children should have biannual appointments to their dentist for cleaning, scaling, and checkups on development. However, if you’re worried that your son or daughter’s teeth aren’t quite as they should be, it’s important to ask for a referral to the orthodontist ASAP. This will ensure your child gets the right diagnosis and treatment for a lifetime of happy smiles.
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