The statistics concerning tooth decay in children are an eye-opener for many parents. It is estimated that 5 percent of babies will exhibit some form of tooth decay by the age of 9 months while 15 percent will have cavities by the time they reach their first birthday. The rate increases with age so much so that approximately 40 percent of children 12 years of age and older will suffer from moderate periodontal disease.
With such poor statistics, the obligation of parents to prevent tooth decay in their children can not be overemphasized. After all, parents must serve as role models and look after the welfare of their children when it comes to matters of health, of which dental health is a big part. Keep in mind that good dental health is closely associated with good nutrition, good immunity and good mental well-being.
Start During Pregnancy
What many mothers do not realize is that good oral health starts from the moment their babies are conceived, both for mother and child. This is because strep bacteria from dental diseases can be transmitted from the mother to the baby in the womb. Thus, pregnant women are advised to practice good dental practices before and after delivery.
Upon birth, your baby will pick up the strep bacteria from the genitourinary tract while pick-up of said germs after delivery happened from kissing and direct contact with infected saliva. Studies have proven that mothers with frequent strep oral infections because of poor oral hygiene are more likely to infect their babies. Thus, in preventing tooth decay among infants, the mother must be very conscious of dental health.
Breast Milk and Infant Formula in Caries
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For most children, orthodontic treatment will begin during their middle school years ages 11 to 15. Some children will benefit from corrective procedures performed earlier. Until the child's baby teeth are gone, there is little that can be done to manipulate the permanent adult teeth. Baby teeth can often need extraction to free up space allowing the permanent teeth room to grow. Most dentists will refer you to an orthodontist to get a second opinion for your child's particular needs.
Most of the time, a child under age 11, will find the visit a confirmation that everything is on track. Typically, the orthodontist will see them back in a year or two. These orthodontic visits are almost always free. On a later visit, once permanent teeth have emerged completely, the orthodontist will be able to make a recommendation.
Orthodontic Care in Middle School and High School
Middle school and high school are no longer relaxing time for teens before they have to decide on their careers. Just imagine having to make all the decisions for your future as a 13 or 14 year old and on top of that be self-confident about your smile. Years ago if a teen had crooked teeth metal braces were the only option and the sight of these devices in your mouth could lead to even more stressful situations.
Clear braces technology will gradually straighten your teeth though the use of a series or progression of gradually changing plastic molds that gently guide your teeth into your perfect smile. Now your teeth can be straightening while you prepare for adulthood and no one will be the wiser to your new smile.
Clear plastic braces have other advantages over metal braces that ensure better hygiene and tooth health. Since the aligners can be removed for eating, … Read the rest