February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). The purpose of NCDHM is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good dental habits at a young age and scheduling regular dental visits help children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
When kids wear braces, brushing and flossing becomes more difficult. Therefore, it requires extra time and effort to keep teeth and gums clean as food accumulates around the braces. By not keeping teeth and gums clean during treatment, you increase the risk of developing gum disease, permanent ‘white spots’ on teeth, and cavities. Poor oral hygiene can also increase time in braces and compromise the final result.
Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7? If you’ve got a child around the age of 7 – 9, we would be happy to schedule a free evaluation. It doesn’t mean that treatment would start at that age, but rather it can help with the peace of mind and preparation time if future orthodontic work is advised.
The team at Owl Orthodontics is always ready to answer your questions about healthy teeth and gums. We want to do our part during NCDHM and spread the word. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.