There are many factors that should be taken into consideration when determining an orthodontic health plan for your child. Although each patient is different, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that treatment should begin between the ages of nine and 14.
For optimal oral health, be sure aware of the many myths out there surrounding pediatric orthodontic health. Here are three of those myths, debunked, to help you along:
- Since baby teeth fall out, there is no need to invest in dental or orthodontic care: Baby or primary teeth can decay and become infected. Scheduling an appointment early on can help both you and the orthodontist create a plan involving an optimal diet and oral hygiene habits that can have lasting results.
- Using a hard bristle brush is the best way to remove plaque: A hard bristle brush can cause more harm than good, especially in a child's mouth. Brushing with a harder toothbrush can damage the gum line, leaving it open to infection and disease.
- Waiting until all baby teeth fall out before seeking treatment is best: Waiting until all adult teeth grow in to see an orthodontist can have a serious affect on the health of your child and lead to possible teeth extraction due to crowding. It can also cause a child to have to undergo jaw surgery in order to alleviate issues associated with missing a growth spurt.
Early preventative treatment and knowledge is a great way to ensure your child's mouth is healthy for years to come. Schedule a consultation for your child today with our specialized pediatric orthodontist, Dr. Tanya Vaysman, at KidsBracesNYC or visit our website.