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How to prevent children’s orthodontic problems





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As a nation, we are beginning to reflect on our dental health more as the recent sugar-free food trend has gained momentum. Despite this, it was reported earlier this year that a child has a decayed tooth removed every ten minutes by the NHS while dentists have recorded high numbers of under 18s having multiple teeth removed. Clearly, there is still work to be done to encourage children to take care of their teeth.


What causes orthodontic problems?


Common causes of orthodontic problems include dummy, thumb and finger sucking. For a small baby, sucking its thumb is the most natural thing in the world and can seem harmless enough - cute even -  but if allowed to go on, it can have detrimental effects.


Other early warning signs that may indicate your child should see an orthodontist include: 

  • Crowded or misplaced teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Speech difficulty
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Signs of enamel wear


What can I do now to help my child?


As we know, telling our children what to do is easier said than done. We have found that praising children for progress and using a physical barrier, such as a nail guard or a foul-tasting “thumb sucking liquid”, can be effective in breaking the habit sooner so you prevent a child from having a lengthy course of orthodontic treatment later.


At Metamorphosis we provide a Thumb Sucking Clinic that is designed to offer advice and support to parents and children wishing to break the habit in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.


Our clinic gives you the knowledge you need to start preparing for your child’s future and ensure they are developing healthy habits that will reduce the likelihood of orthodontic problems.


Because orthodontic problems get steadily worse, with treatments becoming more time consuming and complex the longer the problems persist, spotting the signs early can allow us more time to put things right. Regular visits to our clinic gives you, and us, a chance to detect those early warning signs and act quickly to minimise disrupting your child’s routine.


So if you’re worried that your child has developed some bad habits that could lead to problems, or feel they could already benefit from treatment, contact us on 0207 731 1077 so we can help you plan ahead and prevent the need for treatment where possible.


Or to learn more, download our free guide “teeth straightening for kids”. You’ll learn the 10 early warning signs to look out for that will tell you whether your child needs braces.



Our specialist orthodontists can talk you through how it all works and answer any questions you may have.


Call us on +44 20 3828 7116 or email smile@metamorphosisorthodontics.com to make an appointment.

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