It is important to take your child to the dental practice regularly, so their teeth are well looked after from day one. There are several things that their dental practitioner will be able to help them with, should problems arise at a young age. Instilling good dental hygiene from childhood is important, as if your child is used to visiting their dentist in Richmond regularly these habits are more likely to continue in their adult lives.
It is recommended that you take your child for their first dental check-up when they get their first tooth. If they have not developed a tooth by their first birthday then you should still make an appointment with a dental practitioner to ensure that your child’s mouth is healthy. It is likely that your child’s dentist will recommend that they have a check-up at least twice a year, but this can vary depending on the condition of their mouth.
Helping your child maintain strong and healthy teeth
One treatment that is highly effective at helping to prevent tooth decay is fluoride application. It is normally recommended to children from the age of two onwards and is usually administered twice a year. Sometimes known as fluoride varnish, this treatment consists of a light-coloured yellow gel being painted onto your child’s teeth. It hardens quickly and combined with a good brushing regime will protect your child’s teeth from plaque build-up and tooth decay.
Are your child’s adult teeth coming through crooked?
Even if your child’s baby teeth are straight there is no guarantee that their adult teeth will be too. Sometimes as your child grows their bite will change, or their mouth might be too small for all of their adult teeth to come through straight. If you are worried about the crookedness of your child’s teeth, then it is easy for you to make a consultation appointment with their dental practitioner. They will be able to explain the corrective treatments that are available and which ones will be the most suitable when it comes to your child’s individual situation.
If your child has a crooked smile, then traditional braces are extremely popular and effective when it comes to adjusting the position of your child’s teeth. Attached to the surfaces of the teeth with brackets, they are capable of correcting even severe problems. The brackets are connected by a thin wire that will gradually be tightened over the course of their treatment. In some cases, your child will be able to pick out coloured bands and have them attached to the brackets of the braces, making them seem more appealing.
If you or your child wishes to have a more discreet type of treatment, Invisalign have a teen range that offers a completely different type of appliance. Your child will have images taken of their teeth and a series of custom-made aligners will be made for them out of completely clear plastic. They are completely removable so your child will be able to take them out when they are eating and brushing their teeth. To get the desired results you must make sure that your child is wearing their aligners for at least twenty-two hours of the day. The Invisalign teen range comes with a helpful blue indicator strip on each set of aligners, so you will be aware if your child is not wearing their appliance properly.