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Good oral hygiene habits are good to instill in childhood. Not only will this help your child maintain a healthy mouth, but brushing morning and night and flossing at least once each day will increase their chances of maintaining good oral hygiene practices in adulthood.

It’s also worth noting that any cavities that go undetected or untreated could lead to the loss of a primary tooth. Even though the tooth would have eventually been lost and replaced by its permanent counterpart, the structural void could have additional oral health consequences.

In time it could cause multiple teeth to meet incorrectly in their bite pattern. Over the years it could increase their chances of suffering dental attrition and dental fractures.

This could significantly increase your son or daughter’s chances of needing braces during their adolescent years.

If the alignment issue is significant Dr. Bryan Brassington might recommend traditional braces. This is even more likely to be the case if they have a malocclusion such as an under or overbite.

Once the braces hardware has been installed, they will need to have periodic adjustments performed on a regularly scheduled basis. These appointments will gradually tighten the braces hardware to gradually move their teeth one increment closer to the ideal alignment.

If you live in the Richmond, Virginia, area and you are concerned about the alignment of your child’s teeth, you should call 804-740-7281 to set up a consultation time at Richmond Orthodontics’s clinic.