Your oral health is very important, and too many people don’t visit their Calgary dentist regularly. Regular visits will improve your appearance, sense of well-being and prevent many serious conditions that are linked to poor oral health such as cavities, gum disease, sleeping problems, behavioral or developmental problems in children and the ability to chew and digest food properly.
To minimize risks of oral health issues there are a few simple tasks that can save you a lifetime of pain, discomfort, and unhappiness.
Children learn and form habits from a young age, and you can help get them on the right track to good oral health. Young children are not able to clean their own teeth, they will need your help until they are old enough to do it on their own. The majority of children are comfortable to begin brushing on their own when they can write his or her name.
Even before your child has baby teeth, keeping the inside of their mouth clean is important. Lie your baby in a comfortable place and use a soft baby brush or wrap your finger in a clean, damp washcloth, then brush or wipe your baby’s gums and teeth. Refrain from using toothpaste until your child has teeth.
It is recommended that your child visits a dentist within 6 months of their first erupted tooth. This will allow for preventative care to take place and the possibilities for tooth decay or other problems to be identified early. If your child requires a filling on a baby tooth, it is recommended to go ahead with the filling rather than waiting for it to fall out. If left untreated the baby tooth can begin to irritate and get worse with time, hurting your child’s health and changing the way your child feels about him or herself.
An orthodontists help can be needed for several reasons, for most its to ensure teeth are straight, healthy and that self-confidence is restored with a bright, shiny smile! Orthodontists can perform an intraoral scan and report any necessary treatment plans. Orthodontic problems left untreated can lead to many problems such as chewing/digestion difficulties, speech impairments, abnormal wear and overtime strain on gum tissue and the bone leading to headaches and neck pain.
Children may begin an orthodontics treatment at age 7, but every individual will be recommended a different start time dependent on the rate at which their adult teeth are growing and how severe their case is.
Finger or thumb sucking – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.
Teeth erupting out of position – Can be guided to proper alignment.
Planning Phase – Your first couple of visits may include the following:
Active Phase – Active treatment involves visiting your care provider on a regular basis for adjustments and following specific treatment requirements to ensure successful treatment.
Retention Phase – When treatment is completed, the braces and/or appliances are removed and a new appliance is made. Usually, these retainers are removable and will maintain the changes made to your teeth if worn continuously until the teeth and bone are stabilized in their new positions.