How Braces Contribute To Your Child’s Health

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How Braces Contribute To Your Child’s Health

Although braces can improve your self-esteem and appearance, there are various health advantages that come with having braces, palate expanders, and space maintainers.  There is the obvious prevention of having problems with your teeth and jaw throughout your life, but straightening your with braces and corrective appliances can improve your oral hygiene, lead to better chewing of your food to absorb more nutrients, and also reduce the risk of other diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  The sooner your child undergoes orthodontic treatment, the sooner they can obtain these benefits.

The Better You Chew, The Better You Grow

Having a beautiful straight smile and aligned jaw has an effect on your entire body and helping it grow. A huge part of a child growing up healthy depends on the food they eat, but another big part of that is how they process and digest their food.   Having a correctly aligned jaw and teeth help improve the chewing of food, and the better the food is chewed the easier it is for your body to break it down and digest. This is why it is important for your child to receive orthodontic treatment to help them grow strong and avoid any short-term or long-term health problems.

Healthy Habits, Healthy Body

Having braces can help improve your child’s oral hygiene, this can help them get accustom to lifelong habits like brushing and flossing their teeth. Properly spaced teeth make it much easier to floss and brush, which decreases the chances of cavities and tooth decay.  Practicing good oral hygiene can also save you from dealing with future dental problems caused by lack of oral hygiene, such as root canals, tooth extractions, and fillings. Good oral care benefits you not just with your teeth but also your overall health. There have been studies that indicated a link between oral health and diabetes. According to all of the research found throughout these studies, scientists believe that having good oral health can even help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Proactive Health From An Early Age

When it comes to orthodontics, it is important for you to take your child to have an orthodontic checkup around the age of 7. By that age, your child’s teeth will have developed enough so that your orthodontist can spot any problems with your jaw growth and emerging teeth.  Starting treatment at this age can also help ensure your child develops healthy.

Cypress, Texas Orthodontist, Dr. Benjamin Creed is a board certified specialist in orthodontics and is an expert in dental braces and Invisalign for children and adults. We invite you to call 281-256-3838 or visit for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation.