It’s not easy being a parent. There are so many things to juggle, from your child’s health, happiness and education, to their schedule, everyday logistics and future plans. Because of all this, it can often be tricky to ensure you’re being proactive rather than just reactive, especially with less immediate concerns such as dental health.
Despite this, every parent would agree that the health of their children’s teeth is a key concern. Once you’ve covered the basics of good dental hygiene, it’s important to make sure your child doesn’t have alignment problems that are going to affect them in the future.
If you’re concerned about teeth alignment, here are some early signs that your child may need a brace.
Losing baby teeth early
Most children start to lose their baby teeth around the age of six or seven. If your child loses their first teeth earlier this, it can be a sign that they need to see an orthodontist.
Losing baby teeth late
At the other end of the spectrum, retaining baby teeth can also be a red flag. Most children have lost all their baby teeth by the age of 12. If your child hasn’t lost all their baby teeth by this point, it might be worth investigating.
Discomfort when eating or drinking
If your child companies about pain or discomfort when they’re eating or drinking, this could be the result of a developing orthodontic issue.
If you notice that your child’s jaw makes a clicking sound when they talk or while they’re eating, this can be a red flag.
Jaw or teeth that seems out of proportion
If your child’s jaw or teeth seem out of proportion to the rest of their face, it may be worth investigating whether this is due to a potential orthodontic concern.
Worried about your child’s teeth alignment? The best thing to do is to discuss this with a professional. Why not book an appointment online to visit one of our specialist orthodontic practices?