Your child will start to lose their “baby” teeth (primary) and begin to grow their permanent teeth. Your pediatric dentist will be mainly be concerned with the rapid growth of the jaw and dental arch as they make room for the larger permanent teeth. Your dentist will want to monitor this process closely and may prescribe preventative measures such as headgear to prevent overbites/under bites and other developmental issues. Your pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to monitor this growth process closely.
Areas of Concern:
- Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss at least 2 times daily for 2 minutes and ALWAYS at bedtime
- Proper Nutrition: Lead by example; always have healthy snack and drinks available. Avoid sweets and sweetened juice, soda and sports drinks
- Injuries: Injuries during this critical stage can lead to permanent damage. Make sure your children use a properly fitted mouthguard during sports activities.
- Proper alignment of the new teeth so the child maintains a normal “bite”.
- Assure the permanent molars are erupting on schedule
- Assure the proper alignment of the upper and lower incisors and “eye teeth” so as not to become impacted or disfiguring to the child’s expression
What to Expect:
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation by age 7. The evaluation will include standard arch length measurements, registration of their bite and a panoramic radiograph study of their face. Dr. Werner will discuss the results with you and refer you to an orthodontic specialist if necessary.
- Panoramic Radiograph. Enables the dentist to see the presence, or absence, of the permanent teeth, their shape and eruption pattern. Allows the pediatric dentist to evaluate the development of the jaw joint (temperomandibular joint) and the presence of any abnormalities that may require a corrective treatment plan.
- Six-Month Checkups. Are necessary to enable the pediatric dentist to monitor your child’s dental growth and health.
- Sealants. Sealants may be applied to prevent the growth of cavities.
Dr. Werner provides educational assistance for the parent and child in proper dental hygiene. A proper diet, eliminating sugary soda and treats should be maintained during this critical time of dental development. Sugar free gum can help aid in promoting blood flow and bacteria destroying enzymes that can assist with the growth of teeth and health of gums. Special attention should be given to children enrolled in sports activities. The child should wear a mouthguard during any activity that might cause injury to the mouth, teeth or gums. Again, this is a critical stage in your child’s dental development and every precaution should be used to promote a lifetime of oral health.