Raising a child is an adventure in and of itself, but sometimes the ride can get a little bumpy. When it comes to your child's oral health, there are a few issues to watch out for that can affect their orthodontic care down the line.
Taking the initiative when it comes to oral healthcare is a great way to prevent many issues that can cause more harm in the future. If your child exhibits any of the following less-than-healthy behaviors, try to stop them before they become serious issues:
- Being afraid of the orthodontist or dentist: Fear is a prerequisite of childhood, especially of the unknown. Having to go to a foreign place and have a stranger stick their hand in your mouth can obviously be a little daunting for most kids. There are a few ways to remedy this situation, including bringing the child to meet an orthodontist beforehand, letting them know what will happen during their appointment or answering any questions they may have about the process.
- Nail biting: According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), about 30-60 percent of children bite their nails. This not only causes serious damage to nail beds, but ca negatively affect the mouth as well. Nail biting can increase a child's risk for bruxism, which in turn can lead to facial pain and teeth sensitivity. If this seems to be a persistent issue, develop a plan of action.
- Thumb sucking: Thumb sucking can negatively impact oral health and can even move teeth if not taken care of. Although it can be a hard habit to break, starting early with positive reinforcement can make all the difference.
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