Childhood Treatment: Early Diagnosis Is Key
As a parent or guardian of a young child, you want to do everything you can to set your child up for a happy and healthy future. You already know that it’s vital to bring your child to the dentist and have them learn good brushing and flossing habits early. But you may not know that early visits to the orthodontist can be just as helpful.
Diagnosing a developing problem early allows us to intervene early, preventing the problem from growing worse. While chances are still good that your child will need later orthodontic treatment, we can often reduce the need to remove adult teeth.
Of course, every case is different, so it’s essential that you bring your child to us. We will evaluate their mouth and let you know what problems we see and how we can help.
Signs Your Child Might Need Early Treatment
You probably won’t be able to spot every warning sign or potential problem with your child’s teeth – that’s what dentists and orthodontists are for. However, you should watch out for these signs:
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Mouth breathing
- Speech impediments
- Protruding teeth
- Unevenly spaced teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Thumb and/or finger sucking past age 3
See our specially designed PDF for more warning signs and other information.
If you spot any of the above in your child, make an appointment with us as soon as you can.