Dental Work Your Child Will Need After They Get Their Adult Teeth
Many people don’t understand the importance of oral hygiene. The mouth is an extremely important part of your body. It deals with bringing in food from the outside, and is often subject to unwanted bacteria. Fortunately, modern dentistry has developed several procedures that can help keep your child’s mouth clean and healthy. The following are a few procedures you should consider having done once your child’s adult teeth come in.
BracesBraces can be a pain, literally. But their benefits can’t be denied. But those benefits go beyond a beautiful smile. Braces can improve your chewing. If you were born with an overbite or an overbite, braces can help. The rearrangement of your teeth can also help with some speech impediments. The straightened teeth also make it easier to keep your teeth clean and flossed. This leads to less cavities and other dental issues.
How do you tell if your child needs braces? The obvious signs are cramped and crooked teeth. But the best way to know, is to ask a specialist. The sooner you get a qualified evaluation and treatment, the less intensive the treatment will need to be.
SealantWhat is a sealant? Sealants are coatings, usually on the adult molars in the back of your mouth, that protect your teeth from food. The back molars can be hard to clean, and any food stuck there can cause tooth decay. Sealants are typically applied when children are 7-13 years old once their permanent molars come in. The sealants will often last for about 10 years. As they wear away, it is a good idea to get them repaired or replaced. Although not strictly necessary, it is recommended that everyone get sealants. Tooth decay is extremely problematic and painful, this simple procedure can save you from more expensive and intensive treatments down the road.
Wisdom Teeth RemovalWisdom teeth are usually the last teeth to come in. They can cause a lot of problems if there is no space for them. Even if they come in properly, they usually are difficult to clean and will rot. To prevent future issues, many dentists recommend that you have the wisdom teeth removed before they come in. A few x-rays are all that it takes to determine if this procedure is necessary. The aftermath can be painful, so make sure to get prescriptions for pain medication before leaving afterward.
Most children are terrified of the dentist. They don’t understand why it’s important to take care of their teeth. As a parent, it is your responsibility to help them understand that these procedures are helpful, not scary. Their smiling faces will thank you in the future.
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