Does your child need a space maintainer? The thought of your child needing a dental tool might concern you, especially if they struggle with responsibility. Fortunately, we have some tips to help your child deal with their new space maintainer. Keep reading for practical advice.
What is a Space Maintainer?
Space maintainers are tools that dentists use when a child loses a tooth prematurely. In order to prevent other teeth from shifting out of place, the dentist will put a space maintainer in the open space. This is a great way to protect your child’s smile if they needed a tooth extraction or had a tooth knocked out of place.
Consider the Options
There are several different types of space maintainers available. Some are removable (similar to a retainer), whereas others are fixed, non-removable appliances. Your dentist will recommend one of these types based on your child’s mouth, but feel free to speak up during this appointment. If your child is likely to lose track of a removable maintainer you might consider a fixed option.
Practical Tips for Kids
While maintainers are easy to care for, children will need to make some adjustments when they get their new device. Your child should avoid anything sticky (like gum and candy) that could get caught in the maintainer. They might also struggle with the feel of their maintainer. It might be challenging, but they must remember not to mess with the device. Regular oral hygiene (brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist) will help to keep the maintainer in good shape.