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19Mar2014

There May Be A Link Between Children’s Smiles And Bullying

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAN BE DIFFICULT… It can be even harder for those that are getting bullied or teased. If your child (or a child you know and care about) is being bullied we may be able to help.

Sometimes Children Are Bullied Because Of Their Teeth

A recent study of 11 and 12-year-old children in Jordan revealed that teeth were the most commonly targeted physical factor in bullying. Not just teeth in general, but orthodontic issues including:

  • Gaps Between Front Teeth
  • Missing Teeth
  • Buck & Misaligned Teeth

This study was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics after a panel of top US orthodontists determined that this is a pressing problem in the United States as well. Many patients (and parents of patients) concerned with teasing and bullying from peers seek out orthodontic care to help.

Your child’s teeth are important for so many reasons. They’re not only vital for oral health but psychological health and self-esteem as well.

Is Your Child, Or A Child You Know, Feeling Self-Conscious Because Of His Or Her Teeth?

If so, we may be able to help take care of that smile. Effective orthodontic treatment can start early, which is why we recommend that children be evaluated around age 7. Even if a child’s mouth isn’t ready for braces, setting up a plan is important for their future.

Having a set plan often promotes confidence in children because the horizon is visible.

Straight Teeth Make A Difference In Oral Health

Orthodontic treatment isn’t just about looks. Straight teeth are better for jaw health, easier to keep clean, and last longer. If your child is 7 or older, we’ll check for a few early-problem signs, and perhaps refer you to an orthodontist for a further consultation.

We believe it’s important that your child has a happy, healthy, and carefree smile. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Thank you for trusting us as part of your child’s healthcare team.

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