Taking care of your child’s oral health is vital, as it often lays the groundwork for preventing issues that may develop later in life. With this in mind, it’s important to consider your own orthodontic health as well.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly 50 percent of adults ages 30 and older suffer from periodontal disease. This number only increases with age, as about 70 percent of adults 65 and older have the disease.
“Periodontal disease is called the silent disease because you might not even know that you have it,” said Dr. David Genet, a periodontist with a practice in Aventura in a recent Miami Herald article. “You might not get symptoms initially. By the time that you do, often the periodontal disease has gotten to a very severe form, which makes it hard to treat.”
Oral Health for Children
Keep your oral healthcare in mind with the following three tips:
- Be aware of drinks and snacks throughout the day: If you watch what your child eats and drinks like a hawk, you may want to pick up some of those same senses for yourself as well. Eating and drinking foods and liquids with high levels of sugar can take a toll over time.
- Brush better: Start a nightly routine with your child for better brushing techniques and flossing. By brushing properly twice a day, issues is the mouth can be discovered, as well as completing a necessary deep clean.
- Schedule an orthodontic appointment: If you have never been to an orthodontist, or haven’t been since you were a kid, now is the perfect time to make a change. By scheduling an appointment, you will be able to address any known and unknown issues in the mouth such as crowding, an overbite or improper jaw alignment.
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