December 18, 2016

Brace Yourself: What to Know Before Your Child's First Orthodontist Visit (Dental Health Month)

Brace Yourself: What you need to know before your child sees the orthodontist
By Kerrie McLoughlin
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Just when you think you have everything down as a parent, you find out it’s time to take your child to his first orthodontist visit. Most orthodontists say it’s best to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. Basically, the earlier any orthodontic treatment is started, the easier it will be to correct problems in the long run.
There are many different reasons for kids to need orthodontic care, including overbite, underbite, crowded teeth or overlapping teeth. Some of these problems could be caused by things like thumb sucking, accidents or tooth decay or can even be inherited. Benefits of having straight teeth include: easier maintenance, which can prevent cavities; preventing wear on the surfaces of teeth; too much stress on supportive teeth bones and gum tissue; and problems with jaw joints which can lead to headaches.
Your child’s first trip to the orthodontist (who has 2-3 years more education than your family dentist) is nothing to be feared.

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Kerrie McLoughlin, a mom raising 5 kids, has already taken 3 of them to the orthodontist and is thankful for dental insurance!

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