Any adolescent dentist will explain there are many risks involved with oral piercings, including chipped or cracked teeth, blood clots, and blood poisoning. Your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection is a common complication of oral piercing. Your tongue can swell up and block your airway, or it may become painful or numbed due to infection and nerve damage. Not cool!
Early orthodontics can enhance your child’s smile, but the benefits far surpass appearance. Pediatric dentists are trained to identify malocclusion – crowded or crooked teeth and bite problems. It’s important to have regular dental visits in order to detect and correct these problems early.
Orthodontic treatments can be performed in several stages:
- Stage I – Early dentition (age 2-6): Aimed at targeting underdeveloped dental arches, premature loss of primary teeth and harmful habits like thumb sucking.
- Stage II – Mixed dentition (age 6-12): Aim at assisting eruption of permanent teeth, jaw development and teeth alignment.
- Stage III – Permanent dentition (age 13 and up): Comprehensive orthodontic treatment for final alignment of all teeth.