From what you know and what you could see, your child’s dental health is in tiptop condition. There are no dental cavities and plaques; and your child hasn’t been complaining of any toothache. But still, his pediatric dentist recommended that your child get braces. But why would he recommend braces when there are no dental problems to worry about?
Crooked and Misaligned Teeth
The most common reason why pediatric dentists recommend braces is because of crooked teeth. Crooked teeth can not only be an aesthetic issue, but it can also be the cause of dental problems. Look at it this way; if the teeth are crooked and they’re overcrowding each other, your child won’t be able to brush his teeth properly nor would he be able to floss between the teeth. This could result to dental plaques which, in the long run, can become tooth cavities.
Through dental orthodontics though, the teeth will be straightened out, making it easier for your child to brush his teeth properly. Also, braces will save you from a lot of additional expenses such as treatments for root canals and cavities.
Crowding of Teeth
Another reason why braces are recommended is because of crowding of teeth. This is a dental condition where the teeth are pushed together and are “crowding” in the dental arch, causing overlapping of teeth or twisting of teeth.
Similar to crooked and misaligned teeth, overcrowding of teeth can also become an aesthetic concern. It can be the source of insecurity and be the cause for bullying, something that you definitely don’t want your child to suffer from. In addition to aesthetic concerns, this condition can also cause a variety of dental problems. As mentioned earlier, the child will be more prone to dental cavities and tooth decay since the overcrowding of teeth doesn’t allow him to brush each tooth properly.
If this condition is not corrected, it could also increase your child’s risk for developing cardiovascular problems in adulthood. Bacteria that are lodged in between the overlapping teeth can cause gingivitis. They can also enter the blood circulation and travel through the body, settling inside the heart valves and causing an infection.
Overbite and Underbite
Braces are also prescribed to children with an overbite or underbite. Simply put, an overbite is a condition wherein the upper teeth protrudes more than the bottom teeth, while an underbite is a condition wherein the lower teeth protrudes farther than the upper teeth. Either way, these conditions can cause jaw pain as well as hasten the usual wear of the tooth enamel. It can also speed up the process of tooth damage, causing tooth decay.
Advantages of Braces
To correct these dental problems, braces, as mentioned earlier, is recommended. A dental device is placed over the teeth to correct alignment and position. When the teeth are straightened and spaced evenly, your child will be able to take care of his teeth and gums properly. He’ll be able to brush his teeth, enjoy food better, and live a longer and healthier life.
So if you suspect your child may have these conditions, then be sure to bring him to his pediatric dentist as soon as possible for proper dental care.
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Jennifer Dafoe writes for several dental blogs, including PediatricDentalTown.com/orthodontics/ Dental problems could put your child’s health at risk, so always follow what your dentist recommends.