How to Improve Your Child’s Smile

Saturday, July 20th, 2013, 5:08 pm

You can help improve the health of your child’s smile. Did you know that dental disease is the leading chronic illness among children? There is damage being done to your child’s teeth daily, even if they brush and floss every morning and night. It can be hard figuring out how to keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy when there is so much that can interfere with their oral health. That’s why we offer prevention and treatment for various dental issues found in children.

Sometimes, it may be as simple as giving your child a piece of sugar-free gum to clear debris from their teeth 15 minutes after a meal. Sugar-free gum can also stimulate saliva production in a child’s mouth, which keeps teeth healthy and neutralizes plaque acids. The best part –  kids typically view gum as a kind of treat or entertainment, so they can enjoy the product as it helps keep their teeth healthy.

While gum is a strong option for preventing dental disease, most children will typically face larger problems that require more serious treatment. There are various procedures and therapies to prevent, treat, and cure other dental conditions. Let’s keep reading to discover more treatments that we offer.

5 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Smile:

  1. Orthodontic Therapy. Misaligned teeth are not just displeasing to the eye, but they can interfere greatly with a child’s dental development. Malocclusions may cause tooth decay or gum disease, and a misaligned jaw can cause serious problems like an imbalance of facial bones, muscles, and teeth as well. Luckily, we offer braces, Invisalign®, surgeries, and various therapies to stop the habits that cause these issues or to realign the teeth and jaw ourselves.
  2. Oral Surgery. Your child may require some form of tooth extraction to make room for other teeth or to avoid overcrowding in the mouth. This preserves dental health by avoiding things like tooth decay, gum disease, or any other effects of misaligned or overlapping teeth. Eventually, after they age, most will require wisdom teeth removal as well.
  3. Fillings. Fillings are necessary when it comes to fixing cavities and cracked or broken teeth. For obvious reasons, they are needed when it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy. We offer tooth-colored fillings rather than metal ones, so they blend in with the appearance of the rest of their teeth and are nearly undetectable.
  4. TMJ Treatment. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is involved in talking,chewing, and swallowing, making it one of the most used joints in the body. A bad bite may cause TMJ disorders, resulting in facial pain, headaches, earaches and clicking sounds in the jaw joint. Orthodontics may help, but there are a variety of other treatments available for TMJ disorders, like mouth guards, therapeutic exercises, and surgery.
  5. Routine Exams. Just like their parents, children should visit the dentist at least once every six months. An examination and cleaning are necessary for preventing and/or diagnosing all kinds of oral health issues. We use physical examinations and X-rays to help identify things like gum disease, tooth decay, or indications of oral cancer, and a dental hygienist removes tartar and plaque during the cleaning to prevent disease. Routine check-ups are an easy and effective way to prevent dental health complications for your child.

Dentist in Toccoa

Have any questions? Find out more about how to care for you and your child’s oral health by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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