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Commonly used space maintainers
January 27, 2021 at 6:30 PM

𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙖𝙣𝙩?

Taking good care of your child’s milk can not only help in maintaining a great smile but also in children’s proper nutrition and general well-being. Establishing a good oral hygiene routine while they are still young can have a lifelong impact.

One of the most vital roles baby teeth have is preparing the space for proper alignment and growth of permanent teeth in time to come. The longer baby teeth are maintained, the easier for permanent teeth to emerge in proper alignment.

Thus, when primary teeth have to be removed for various reasons such as abscess, trauma or accident, pediatric dentists recommend space maintainers. These easy and comfortable devices hold the space for the permanent teeth’s future slot and keep the surrounding teeth from infringing on the area.

Space maintainers are not permanent and they are removed as soon as the permanent teeth erupt.

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙨?

Any appliance in the child’s mouth needs time to adjust and children need time to get used to their space maintainers. After having the space maintainers installed, it is best to ask the dentist for some care instructions for both the teeth and the appliance. These instructions usually differ depending on the type of space maintainer your child has received.

𝙃𝙤𝙬 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙙?

Oral hygiene maintenance is of paramount importance while any appliances are installed in the child’s mouth. Encourage your child to practice excellent oral hygiene on a routine basis. This will keep the space maintainer in its best shape while also preventing the possibility of tooth decay. Try to keep your child’s hands out of their mouth to preserve the space maintainer.

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙢𝙮 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡d 𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙞𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙬𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙥𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙢𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙨?

If your child has space maintainers, they need to avoid hard or sticky foods such as caramel, hard candy, frozen chocolates and gum. There is a high chance that these types of food will get stuck to the oral appliance, which is more likely to cause decay. Remember to schedule regular appointments with your pediatric dentist for them to monitor any changes or discomfort in your child’s mouth.