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It’s never too early to keep an eye on your child’s tooth development. At Notley Dental Care we ensure balanced growth and development of your child’s jaw – allowing enough room for their permanent teeth to come through straight.
We can identify malocclusion (crowded or crooked teeth and bite problems) and actively intervene to guide the teeth as they emerge in the mouth.
Malocclusion is often inherited. Orthodontic problems are also caused by dental injuries, early loss of primary teeth; thumb sucking, fingernail biting or lip biting. We can help your child avoid these oral habits that may create orthodontic problems.
Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of the permanent teeth can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment. How intensely a child sucks on fingers or thumbs will determine whether or not dental problems may result. Children who rest their thumbs passively in their mouths are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs.
Children should cease thumb sucking by the time their permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Usually, children stop between the ages of two and four. Peer pressure causes many school-aged children to stop.
In these cases orthodontic tooth movement can be achieved. At Notley Dental Care we normally we wait until all the permanent teeth have erupted (about the age of 12) before starting orthodontic treatment, but it would be worth us having a look if you are concerned to assess your child’s treatment needs.
At Notley Dental Care we are often asked about kids growing teeth behind their baby teeth. This occurs because the permanent teeth form behind the roots of the baby teeth and sometimes they grow behind the baby tooth before it falls out. When this occurs most the time no treatment is needed, nature usually takes care of the situation, but occasionally the baby tooth does have to be removed. If your child has a permanent tooth growing behind the baby tooth do not panic, be patient; at the next regular check-up visit, an x-ray may be necessary to determine if any treatment is needed.
The chances of the tooth correcting on its own are great if there is room for the tooth to move forward.
Plaque needs to be thoroughly removed from your teeth a couple of times each day, and when you have braces, it’s even more important to remove plaque. All the brackets and wires in your mouth create places for plaque to hide. Plaque is sticky and made up of food, saliva and lots of bacteria, and when plaque attaches to your braces and teeth, it causes cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and permanent stain marks on your teeth.
If possible, you should brush your teeth after every time you eat. If you can’t actually brush with a toothbrush, then at least rinse your mouth out with water. Swoosh the water around really well and spit the water out. If you can, carry a travel toothbrush with you.
The best time to do this thorough cleaning is at night, right before you go to bed.
As oral Hygiene is very important during orthodontic treatment and we advise our patients having this treatment to visit our Dental Hygiene/Therapist at Notley Dental Care regularly to help with looking after your child’s oral hygiene when wearing braces. They will show them how to keep their teeth clean and their gums healthy using special brushes to clean in between brackets which can become plaque retention factors. They will assist with diet advice to care for their appliance as well as the health of their teeth.
Brushing your teeth when you have braces isn’t that much different than brushing your teeth without braces. You still use a soft bristle toothbrush or power toothbrush. You still brush for a full two minutes. You still replace your toothbrush every 3 months, or sooner since the brackets on your braces might make the bristles wear down a little faster.
You still brush around all the parts of your teeth, including the fronts, sides, backs, and chewing surfaces. Make sure you do not rinse your mouth after brushing with water just spit out the excess to ensure you leave as much of the Fluoride paste on your teeth as possible to help strengthen the enamel. Your dentist might also prescribe high strength fluoride toothpaste to help you fight tooth decay even more. Brush gently but thoroughly.
Having wires that connect your braces from tooth to tooth makes flossing a challenge, an easier way is to use different sizes bottle brushes between the brackets and arch wires. There are a lot of other interdental cleaners that might be even easier for you to use. Ask your Hygienist/Therapist for a recommendation
Your teeth and smile will be straighter and healthier with braces. Your braces can’t damage your teeth, but poor oral hygiene can and that’s why we stress the importance of brushing and using interdental brushes hen you have braces. As long as you maintain good oral habits, your mouth will be happy for a lifetime.
Brushing, and seeing your dentist/hygienist for a cleaning every six months will prevent problems associated with poor oral hygiene.
Gingivitis: Gingivitis, also called gum disease, is the first stage of periodontal disease. It’s usually painless, but signs like bleeding, or swollen and puffy gums are indicators that you have it. This happens when plaque builds up around the gum line, so make sure to massage your gums lightly when you brush, as well as along the gum line.
Periodontitis: If not treated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, infection and inflammation in the gums that spreads to the ligaments and bone that support the teeth. The gums start to pull away, forming gaps or pockets between your teeth that allow more plaque to accumulate.
Decalcifications: Decalcifications, sometimes called “white spots,” are permanent stain marks around your braces. Lines and spots from decalcification remain on your teeth for life, so the best way to avoid them is to not let them develop at all. And the best way to do that is to brush.