February is NCDHM or National Children’s Dental Health Month. The goal is to raise awareness in children about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
If you have a child around the age of 7, it’s a good time to make an appointment at Owl Orthodontics. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated, or avoid it altogether.
For kids wearing braces, brushing and flossing is a little more challenging and requires extra time and effort to remove food particles that accumulate on and between the teeth and in braces. This is an important part of your child’s orthodontic treatment and daily oral hygiene routine. Learning the proper teeth cleaning techniques at an early age can save time, frustration and future dental work.
For children who have already had braces removed and are wearing retainers – we can’t emphasize enough the importance of keeping your daily routine. Without your retainer, your teeth can shift back to their original position – and faster than you would think. This happens far too often. We want you to keep your beautiful smile! If you lose your retainer, contact us immediately for a replacement. Waiting too long will only allow your teeth to move out of alignment and your retainer will no longer fit.
At Owl Orthodontics, we’re here to help you promote healthy habits that will last a lifetime. We’re always available to answer any questions you have about your teeth and your smile. Contact us anytime.