Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth
How do I make my child's diet safe for his teeth?
Make sure your child has a balanced diet, including one serving each of: fruits and vegetables, breads, cereals, milk, dairy products, meat, fish, and eggs. Limiting the servings of sugars and starches will also aid in protecting your child's teeth from decay. You can also ask your pediatric dentist to help you select foods that protect your children's teeth.
Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for a child's teeth?
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers past the age of three, a mouth appliance may be recommended.
When should my child see the orthodontist for the first time?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that you bring your child to be evaluated by an orthodontist at the age of 7 or 8. It allows you to have an understanding of future treatment your child may need.
Why do some children have braces at young ages?
Those patients that begin treatment early usually have a large skeletal discrepancy of the jaw bones. These treatments are more effective when the child is younger.