It is very important to replace missing teeth. Teeth make it possible to chew, speak, keep facial muscles and tissue in their proper position, smile and prevent other teeth from shifting. Once a tooth is lost, the whole balance of the mouth is disrupted. This can lead to a variety of serious problems.
When a tooth is lost, the teeth will inevitably begin to shift. This make take some time to notice but it actually happens fairly rapidly. After a few years, the size of the lost tooth’s opening will have closed dramatically, turning a fantastic smile into a gapped-hole smirk. The cheeks or the lips can also appear sunken – affecting speech and sound, and the bite will also change. Chewing becomes more difficult and tooth decay becomes more prevalent because what was once a self cleansing tooth arrangement is now a plaque-trapping nightmare.
These are not the only effects of losing a tooth. TMJ (jaw) problems can also result, causing headaches and other discomfort. To minimize the possibility of such complications, a missing tooth should be replaced promptly.
Help a young child brush at night-the most important time to brush, due to lower salivary flow and higher susceptibility to cavities and plaque. Perhaps let the child brush their teeth first to build self-confidence, then the parent can follow up to ensure that all plaque is removed.
Usually by age 5 or so, the child can learn to brush his or her own teeth with proper parental instruction. The best way to teach a child how to brush is to lead by good example. Allowing your child to watch you brush your teeth teaches the importance of good oral hygiene.
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