Preventing a disease is definitely much more effective and cheaper than treating it. Although doctors often offer solid advice in this regard, for almost any type of illness you may have, in today’s society, most individuals only ask for treatment when they feel they can no longer cope with the symptoms.
In the field of oral health, hygiene and periodic examinations play a leading role in managing prevention efforts.
There is a misconception among most people that the primary teeth can be less cared for, since they will be replaced by permanent teeth. The truth is that the good health of the permanent teeth will be strongly influenced by the condition of the previous one.
Regarding primary teeth, the risk of cavities is higher, because of the enamel which is thinner and brittle, while the pulp chamber is larger. Bacteria can spread faster than in adult teeth, and the transition from a simple pigmentation to a severe tooth decay is also fast.
There are various reasons leading to the emergence to caries in children. Some moms usually chew food themselves before giving it to the baby, or they put the pacifier in their own mouths to moisten it. These habits allow the transmission of pathogenic microbes from mother to child. Furthermore, sugars are usually included in the baby’s diet in a higher dose than they should. They affect the whole body of the child and increase acidity.
In order to maintain the health of primary teeth, it is particularly important that the child gets used to proper oral hygiene. The parent must brush his teeth until the child develops enough dexterity to do it by himself. It is very important to brush especially in the evening, before bedtime, after consuming liquids from the bottle (as those unfortunately contain a lot of sugar), but also during the day.
Malocclusions can be caused by neglecting oral health in the first years of life. A tooth decayed to extinction, the clumping of teeth or their croaking with the tongue are all ways that can result in incorrect tooth overlap. Malocclusions decrease the teeth’ functionality and affect the shape of the facial bone structure, which can lead to problems of breathing, posture and aesthetic appearance.
Orthodontics cannot do their job until the general oral hygiene issues are addressed, so a treatment plan first involves preventive dentistry measures.
Therefore, we recommend that you adopt a prevention-based attitude towards your child’s oral health, as early as possible, instead of resorting to treating some symptoms, and regular visits to a dental specialist can give you a special advantage, in the prevention effort.
Although information such as malocclusion is hereditary spreads often among people, clinical studies have shown that is false, therefore good oral hygiene and complete denture are major advantages in the orthodontic adjustment and alignment of teeth process.
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