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What is orthodontics ?
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of irregular and malpositioned teeth and jaws. It can also focus on modifying facial growth.
What is the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist ?
Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth.
At what age we start braces ?
If there is any skeletal problem, We start with growth modifying appliances as early as possible.
So how could i know if my child have a skeletal problem ?
Usually ur child should go to the pedodontist for regular check ups and if there is any signs of skeletal problem, she will inform u that u should consult our orthodontist.
If no skeletal problem, We start after most of permanent teeth completed their eruption.
When should I start brushing my child’s teeth ?
Use a soft tooth brush with the appearance of the 1st tooth.
When should be my child’s 1st visit to the dentist ?
With the appearance of the 1st tooth and should be repeated every 6 months.
What is the best tooth brush & paste (type & size) for my child ?
Soft tooth brush , flavored for better taste & lower fluoride content toothpaste.
Up to 3 years : rice size & 3- 8 years : pea size
Does bottle or breast feeding cause caries ?
Yes, so baby’s mouth should be cleaned with a wet gauze after each meal.