How To Care For Your Child's Space Maintainer

Is your child about to get a space maintainer in San Antonio, TX, soon? Then you’re probably wondering how you can protect their oral health after the appliance is fixed to their smile. 

Many parents are weary when they learn that space maintainers can increase their child’s risk of developing cavities and other oral health issues. The appliance itself is not to blame; it can make oral hygiene just a tad more difficult.

But with some preparation, you can protect your child’s smile. Here are two important things to keep in mind after your child gets a space maintainer:

When to See a Pediatric Dentist 

In most cases, the space maintainer will not cause any issues for the child. However, you might need a consultation with a pediatric dentist if you notice:

  • Visible damage to the appliance
  • Signs that the permanent teeth are erupting
  • The child is complaining of oral pain.
  • Sign of cavities or tartar build-up in the nearby teeth

Most pediatric dentists will want to see the child regularly for consultations after getting space maintainers just to make sure their smile is protected. Still, if you notice any of the above signs, it’s worth a visit. 

How Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry Can Help 

Your child lost one of their baby teeth too early. Come see Dr. Angie Sage for a short consultation to find out if space maintainers are the right solution for them.

Request an appointment at Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry online, or call us at (210) 822-8381 for a chat.

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