Orthodontics in children at the time of covid

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Children's orthodontics

The Association of Country Specialists in Orthodontics (ASIO), recommends setting the first dental visit for children between 4 and 7 years of age. Often, after the first visit, no orthodontic treatment will be necessary and a series of checks, six-monthly or yearly, will be scheduled to follow the child during the growth and exchange of the milk teeth.
Unfortunately, however, with this second wave of pandemic, many people have given up on checks and scheduled visits because they were forced home in precautionary quarantine, both because in isolation and out of fear.

Here the advice of ASIO for people who are temporarily in solitary confinement or quarantine to check theoral hygiene, food hygiene and maintenance of orthodontic appliances for children.


Baby's first teeth (PHOTO)

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The moment in which the first teeth appear is really exciting: the appearance of the first tooth, in fact, marks a profound transformation in the tender and toothless smile of one's children ....

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Dental health tips for homebound

It should always be considered that education to dental health it starts first of all from the adults. Let us therefore try to be prepared even in this difficult moment. Here are some tips for oral hygiene and maintenance of orthodontic appliances:

  1. Early or late loss of milk teeth. In the first case, it usually happens due to traumatic processes or dental pathologies such as caries, which consequently cause an early and unnatural fall.This early fall can have a negative impact in the long term, causing alignment / occlusion problems in the future patient's mouth. adult. On the other hand, in late loss, the presence of deciduous teeth can hinder the correct development of permanent teeth, disturbing the harmony within the oral cavity and possibly causing complications.

  2. Chewing or biting with orthodontic braces. During orthodontic treatment it is advisable to avoid or limit the use of particularly rigid and crunchy foods. These in fact can cause the detachment of parts of the device or interfere with the correct course of the therapy. Avoiding urgencies and detachments allows for a more linear and efficient therapy, and it is a particularly important aspect at a time like the present one in which movements are limited.

  3. Grinding or clenching of the teeth,especially at night or in activities that require concentration, it can be physiological or an aspect that needs further study. It is always useful to refer this to your specialist.

  4. Breathing through the mouth, in addition to causing respiratory problems connected to the greater frequency of inflammation of the airways and gum problems due to dry mouth, it also causes an incorrect posture of the tongue that cannot properly perform its function as a natural stimulus to the growth of the upper jaw.

  5. Thumb sucking after age 5, or pens, pillows, pencils or whatever, if prolonged over time it can cause an asymmetry in the position of the teeth and a difficulty of the dental arches to fit together correctly.

  6. Teeth crowded or out of place. Dental crowding technically belongs to dental malocclusions. Treating dental crowding by using orthodontic appliances. It should be noted, however, that the later the diagnosis is the more complex the clinical case is. 

  7. A jaw that is too far forward or too far back, can result in an unbalanced facial appearance. For this, a first visit is necessary to understand the cause and to intervene with the right specialists.

  8. Correct use of the toothbrush or oral hygiene tools mouth and your orthodontic appliance. It is essential to teach the child the correct brushing procedures, so as to make them gradually become an automatic mechanism that the child will carry with him even in adulthood. Teeth brushing should normally take place after meals (with particular attention in the evening) and after eating foods that can cause tooth decay. Pay more attention to cleaning the appliance, since especially the fixed one does not facilitate correct cleaning, so it must be done with great care and more often than normal, every time you have eaten.

Source for this article:

ASIO and The Smile Specialists

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Questions and answers

When do babies get their teeth?  

The eruption of milk teeth begins around 6 months of life and is completed around 36 months.

How to relieve the pain of growing teeth in children?  

Before or during the appearance of baby teeth, it may be helpful to have the child bite into specific toys that massage the gums and have a mild anesthetic effect.

What is fluoride good for for our children?   

Fluoride is a key substance for growing baby teeth! It creates a shield to protect milk and permanent teeth and is applied locally.  

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  • children teeth care
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  • 3-5 children years
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