It is National Self-Esteem Month at Our Children’s Dentist Office

Posted on: May 4, 2015

Children's DentistWe provide children’s dentist care and treat children as young as one all the way to twenty years old.  We love what we do and are privileged to be part of our patients growing up years.  Since we treat children as they grow we see their physical development and their emotional growth.  Parents are not always prepared for this, but as they age, children develop ideas about image and concepts of what they feel is beautiful.  For kids that do not like their smile, it can start to make them feel embarrassed to smile and hurt their self-esteem.  During National Teen Self-Esteem Month, we want to remind you to bring your child to the dentist because the work we do here can help to keep them healthy and also to improve their self-image. 

Self-Esteem and a Children’s Dentist

If you are wondering what children’s dentistry has to do with self-esteem, just watch someone smile.  When people are self-confident, they smile a bright and bold smile that can light up the room.  Those that do not like their smile tend to come across shy or embarrassed.  Our goal is to help your child to love their smile so that they can be self-confident as they grow up.  We start this journey by keeping their teeth and gums healthy.  We suggest that you schedule a teeth cleaning for twice a year so that we can remove the plaque and bacteria from their teeth.  As plaque builds up on their teeth, they can appear stained even when they are only dirty.  Once their teeth have been cleaned, they will look far brighter and even whiter.  This is one reason that we recommend having their teeth cleaned twice a year.  After all, until your children are older, it will be difficult for them to do a good job of brushing their teeth.

Another goal of ours is to have your child keep their natural teeth intact for as long as possible.  This is important because if their baby teeth fall out too soon, the remaining teeth will move out of position and into the space that was reserved for a permanent tooth.  This can create overcrowding issues that then create the need for oral appliances and braces.  While this is common, you can decrease the risk of overcrowding by keeping their teeth clean, healthy, and cavity free.  As a children’s dentist, we may also suggest that they wear a mouth guard while playing sports to further protect their teeth.  By wearing it while playing and practicing, the chances of their teeth being knocked out are significantly decreased.

In our dentistry office, we will also keep an eye on their teeth and how they are developing to see if they will need braces.  If they do, we recommend that you have their teeth examined for orthodontics care as early as seven years old.  Whether they need an expander or a full braces treatment, taking the time to straighten their teeth will help to improve their overall self-image and self-esteem.

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