When your kid refuses to smile because of gaps in teeth


Dr Richard C. Woolfson
magyoungparents@sph.com.sg

Around Primary 1, your child starts to take more of an interest in her physical appearance. She insists that her hair be brushed just the way she wants it, that her clothes fit perfectly and that she looks neat and tidy.

This surge of awareness about how she looks, however, comes just as your seven-year-old’s milk teeth are falling out at a fast rate. Suddenly, she becomes self-conscious of the gaps in her smile – and her self-esteem takes a nosedive.

To you, they are cute. But to her, they are disastrous! You need to do everything you can to boost her self-confidence.

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