As a parent, making sure that your child has high self esteem is one of the most important things you can do. This ensures that they grow up to be more complete individuals, and it also reduces problems such as poor relationships and early pregnancy. Most of these issues stem from the fact that they are not very confident in themselves, and therefore look for attention from other people in order to compensate for this.
Provision of proper dental services for your kids is one of the critical issues you need to address when you want to make sure they have a high self-esteem, though most people don’t think about it this way. There are a number of oral health variables that can affect how your kids feel about themselves, especially if they are teenagers. Some of these include:
Having bad breath when you are young is an issue that can cause many psychological problems. This is because it can make it harder for one to make friends, and it may also be the subject of ridicule by other students. Making sure that it’s avoided is therefore a central part of making sure that your kids grow without having a very low self-esteem. Simply making sure that you encourage your kids to brush their teeth after each meal can prevent this. You also need to take them to a dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups as well as scaling and polishing to remove plaque that can cause halitosis.
The structure of your children’s jaws and teeth can also make it harder for them to associate with others, leading to low self-esteem. The commonest problem is to find that their teeth do not align well, making them have ‘weird’ smiles. To avoid this, you need to make sure that the progress of your child’s dental development is monitored regularly so that any problems can be caught and dealt with before they become too apparent. It is also very important that in case prosthetics such as braces have to be used, they should be properly selected. Ideally, they should perform the work they are meant to do without causing undue embarrassment. For instance, you could choose to use invisalign braces (which are transparent and therefore more aesthetically pleasing) rather than the metal ones.
As you can see, there is a lot that can affect your child’s self-esteem when it comes to dental care. As long as you are thorough with providing the best care for them from an early age, you can rest assured that none of the problems above will affect them, and their development will not be hampered by psychological issues.
At our dental facility, we strive to offer services in a holistic manner. When you bring your children to us, we don’t only seek to solve any problems we find; we try to do it without affecting the quality of their lives. This way, your kids will be healthier and happier, and you will have more peace of mind, in both the short and long term.