Why should young children visit the dentist?
From the age of 7 years, a new set of adult teeth begin to come in for young children as they shed their milk teeth.
For this reason, it is advisable for young children to attend basic orthodontic checkups at this age to evaluate their jaw growth and positions of erupting teeth. With early detection, it is possible to prevent many potential complications and problems.
WHEN SHOULD YOU BRING YOUR CHILD FOR EARLY ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?
Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. We understand that as a parent you may wonder when, and if, your child should see a dentist. There are several indicators for your child to go for early orthodontic treatment:
- Early loss of baby teeth (before age five)
- If your child’s teeth do not meet properly when biting
- Mouth breathing and/or snoring
- If your child’s front teeth appear to be crowded or protruded
- Biting or chewing difficulties
- if you child shows signs of speech impediment
- If your child has thumb-sucking habits
DIFFERENT STAGES OF ORAL INTERVENTIONS FOR KIDS
We recommend early treatment for your child's oral care to reduce the severity of potential complications that may affect their speech, jaw and skeletal development. Here's what you can expect for children's oral care treatments.
Early Detection and Intervention
In this stage, our dentists aim to identify any orthodontic issues early, eliminate any undesirable oral habits of the children and promote jaw growth to provide a favourable environment for the adult teeth to erupt properly.
Oral Care for Mix Dentition Phase
This is the stage where your child has both adult and milk teeth. The goals in this phase are to correct any bite issues and to begin the process of gently straightening misaligned permanent teeth.
Correct Adult Teeth Position
Once children have a full set of adult teeth, they are likely to be going through puberty. Our dentists can take advantage of this growing phase to correct teeth positions and achieve a beautiful smile with Invisalign Teen.
INCULCATE GOOD ORAL HABITS FROM YOUNG
Dental hygiene for kids doesn't only come in the form of regular checkups—it is vital for young children to maintain their teeth with good oral hygiene practices and habits.
After any dental treatment, our dentists will schedule subsequent dental checkups to reduce the risks of your child developing other oral problems such as tooth decay and dental caries.
Dental Hygiene For Children
Our dentists dedicate time after every treatment to explain proper brushing techniques and other dental hygiene habits to ensure that your children can take care of their own teeth as they grow up.
The aim of early oral care treatment is to prevent an orthodontic issue from worsening or to correct jaw problems. For young children, not all of their adult teeth have erupted, and their teeth positions are not fixed. Our dentists thus use a two-phase approach, where phase 1 covers early intervention to suss out problems and treat them, and phase 2 includes the alignment of adult teeth if needed.
Even if your child does not require any particular dental treatment, you are highly encouraged to schedule regular checkups for him or her every 6 months. This allows our dentists to monitor your child's condition and get them familiarised and comfortable with our clinic's environment.
Bringing your child for dental visits from a young age will help them to understand that going to the dentist isn't only about resolving pain, but about taking proper care of their dental health. If their first visit is an unpleasant experience due to delayed treatment, it may create fear and discourage them from going for regular checkups in the future. Early intervention can help your child to understand that getting their teeth checked and clean can be a positive and non-threatening experience.
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