Braces are a monetary investment, as well as one in overall health and wellness. Children are the most common wearers of braces, but without the supervision of parents, the effect may not be as great. What role do parents play in their child's oral health?

  • Aftercare: Taking care of braces while they are fitted on the teeth is important, but aftercare is also vital for a lasting effect. When braces are removed, it's imperative that children follow the instructions given to them by their orthodontist. These may include brushing a few times a day, wearing a retainer for a specified amount of time and even avoiding certain foods. These instructions may be difficult for children to remember, and as such, parents should remind them regularly.
  • Awareness: Your child may be in pain, but they may not know why. This is where you come in. Oral issues can range in how they actually affect the body depending on type. Some common issues include crowding, trouble chewing, an overbite or underbite and sore jaw. Being aware of these issues beforehand can help alleviate issues in the future.
  • Beginning at an early age: Oral health initiatives are best begun at an early age. Encourage your child to brush and floss with you to ensure their health practices are developed properly. 

There are many options available for your child to choose from. Experts recommend that children undergo their first orthodontic appointment by the age of seven. If your child is seven-years-old, consider scheduling a consultation today. Learn more by visiting our website