How Bad Teeth Affect Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Published on February 8, 2017 | News

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When you’re a kid, any physical particularity might trigger you to think you’re inadequate. It’s the story all supermodels tell: They have felt quite ugly during childhood, only to discover they were just the opposite when they hit their teen.

This goes to show that children can’t understand why they are different in any way. Or how being different can be an advantage.

A tooth gap might be something that the beauty or fashion industry finds interesting to display, but it’s sure not something to brag about when you’re a child. Similarly, the way your whole set of teeth looks like can have a profound effect on your child.

Psychological Effects

The fact that your children’s teeth are not the enviable pearly whites they see on TV starts to sink in pretty early in their lives. Either because the teeth are crooked or they’re stained, they don’t want other people to see their flaws.

As a result, a lot of elementary school kids refrain from laughing or smiling in class just because they fear the embarrassment. Teen students refuse to talk to the opposite sex for the same shameful effect.

Regardless of the age, gender or personality of your child, if his or her teeth are damaged by any gum or tooth disease, then they’ll be feeling awkward. Just like having acne or any other facial problem, having bad teeth is an imperfection that the others notice instantly. And when the others are also kids, they might just as easily pick on your little one.

If your kid faces any oral health related issues, you should know that these problems can take a toll on his emotions. If he avoids certain social activities or encounters, his dental insecurities might be the cause.

Physical Effects

Teeth problems can be caused by a genetic predisposition that comes from the mother or father bloodline. But if your child displays dental problems that no one in your family has ever had, that means the cause is not that deep.

A large part of the issues that your kids are confronted with – from cavities to discolorations or pigmentation – have to do with their oral hygiene. For example, they can try to brush every day (or every time you tell them to), but they can barely clean their teeth because they don’t know how to brush properly. So instead of getting rid of residues and most importantly the plaque, the latter builds to produce stains. Stains, for instance, represent a minor problem that’s easily removed with a doctor’s appointment, but one that can still hurt your kid before the visit.

Even crooked teeth, which can severely impair your child’s self-image, can be corrected through the prescription and wearing of braces. Your child might not be very happy about it, but he/she will surely thank you in the long run.

To conclude with, your child’s smile says a lot about him or her, just as much as the avoidance to smile does. When a kid feels no longer free to be joyful and confident, the first thing for a parent to do is to provide help. Sometimes, a minor problem can be solved before it reaches the peak, just like a physical flaw can be corrected before it goes full blast emotional.

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