October is national Orthodontic Health Month, a time when members of the American Association of Orthodontists provide the public with information about orthodontics.
Something parents should be aware of is that all children should get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. An orthodontist can spot subtle problems with emerging teeth and jaw growth, even while some baby teeth are still present. A check-up can reveal any current needs for treatment, inform parents that treatment should be considered when the child is older, or provide the good news that treatment may not be needed.
As we approach the Halloween season, it is also important to remind people to use moderation in consuming sweets and snacks, and to be sure to brush and floss as recommended by their dentist or orthodontist. People who wear braces, clear aligners or other orthodontic “appliances,” should avoid sticky or chewy treats. With a little planning and good judgment, everyone can have a happy and safe Halloween!
Dr. K. D. Singh Sachdeva,