In many cases, a person’s diet can significantly influence their orthodontic treatment plans in later life. However, being aware of this can help dentists and orthodontists to guide parents on how to support their children’s overall oral health and structure.
How Does Early Diet Influence Orthodontics?
Many people overlook the fact that there may be a potential link between orthodontic treatment plans and early diet. Indeed, with such a long period of time between a child’s early diet and when they may need treatment, it’s easy not to think about this – but a growing number of orthodontists are noticing a trend between early diet and ortho treatment plans.
One of the problems that some children may have experienced with eating soft foods as a young child is that their diet doesn’t encourage the necessary jaw movements. As such, keeping this in mind can potentially influence whether a child needs orthodontics support for jaw movements and the like in later life.
However, this will always be the parent’s decision – so, letting them know about this from an early age can potentially allow them to make a choice based on their preferences.