Primary School Children
Orthodontics – When is the best time to start?
We would recommend the age of 7 to detect any potential orthodontic issues. By the time your child is 7 years old, their jaws will be developed enough so that we will be able to assess if there are any bite or jaw alignment issues beginning to develop.
The treatment itself is actually not necessary until around 12-14 years, however what many parents do not realise is that there are often steps that can be taken at home to help reduce the development of further orthodontic complications. In addition, we believe it is best to stay informed so that these potential issues can be monitored and treated at the optimum time.
It is best to add flossing to your children’s dental hygiene routine between the ages of 8 and 10. We will teach both you and your child the correct flossing technique at your hygiene appointment and answer any questions you have.
Encourage your children to drink plain water, rather than soft drinks or sugary fruit juice, and cut back on the amount of sweet foods you give them. From the age of six months, you can give your child cooled boiled water. Once they reach 12 months they can start drinking unboiled water.