Genetics and various other elements play a role in deciding if a person needs braces, so not every case is preventable. However, certain habits may contribute to your child needing dental work, and by avoiding them, braces may not be required. It is of the utmost importance, to get your little one in for an orthodontic exam early on, to find any abnormalities that may hinder them in the future.
Mouthbreathing, Thumb Sucking, And Bruxism
Infants and toddlers are notorious for sticking things in their mouth. Sucking on thumbs, or pacifiers, offers children a sense of security, but for the sake of their tooth health, it should be discouraged. These habits are not typically a problem until permanent teeth grow in, but if the practice is still in use at that time, intervention may be required to prevent damage. If left unchecked, thumb sucking can lead to a misaligned bite, which can cause pain and discomfort, and likely need braces to correct.
Children can become stressed out about various things going on in their life. The stressor may not directly affect them, but it can simply be a trickle-down effect from something going on in the family. Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth, tend to happen at night, while the individual is sleeping. However, it can also be a habit, which people, do not even realize that they are doing most of the time. If you have noticed these types of behaviors, it is important to try and find the cause of the problem. Teeth can become chipped, bites misaligned, and overall mouth health can decline, whenever Bruxism takes place. When all else fails, consult your dentist, to find out if a bite guard will help reduce the effects of teeth grinding.
Continually breathing out of one’s mouth, instead of utilizing the nasal passage as well, can also lead to your child needing braces. When mouthbreathing happens, rather than the tongue resting inside the upper teeth, it pushes down and outward, which puts pressure on the lower teeth and causes them to grow in crooked. They can then cause painful cuts, on the cheeks and gums, or even harm other teeth. Consult with your physician, as well as your dentist, to find out if a blocked airway, or nasal passage, is the underlying cause. With any luck, if you can stop these bad habits before they become a problem, needing braces will be preventable.