As we have emphasized on this blog, it is important for you to be proactive with your children's dental and orthodontic care, to ensure healthy teeth and gums in the long run. Toward this end, we have put together a timeline of the key steps to follow through the years, broken down by age range.
One to five years old:
- Introduce and stick to a dental routine: This should involve regular checkups, before your child's first birthday. When children gain experience going to the dentist and orthodontist on a regular basis, it helps set them up for success and healthy teeth in the long term.
- Establish a dental routine at home: Children, as well as adults, should always brush their teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, in the morning and at night.
- Child athletes should wear mouth guards: When children are participating in any kind of sport — whether it's soccer, basketball, ice skating or another activity — they should keep their teeth protected with a mouth guard.
A bit older — Five to 20 years old:
- Dental sealants: Sealants help guard against tooth decay during childhood and beyond.
- Begin orthodontic evaluations: As per the American Association of Orthodontists' (ADA) recommendations, a child should have their first orthodontic appointment by their seventh birthday, which allows the orthodontist to spot any potential problems early, so you can work together on a treatment plan for your child if need be.
If you live in New York City, and are interested in scheduling an orthodontic appointment for your child, contact KidsBracesNYC. Please contact our office by phone (866) 222-3166 or complete the appointment request form by going here.