When Should Your Child Begin Dental and Orthodontic Treatment?


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Getting your child’s oral health care needs addressed is something to think about early on! Although many people put off the dentist until their child has a few teeth in, the truth is that your little one needs to get in to see an oral health care professional before that. As your child grows, seeking a professional opinion about orthodontic treatment is important as well. Let’s find out exactly what ages your child should begin their dental health care regimen at the dentist and at what age the need for orthodontics should be evaluated.

See the Dentist by Age One

Your baby should see the dentist by their first birthday. Usually by this time, children have at least one tooth in. When your child’s first tooth comes in, this is a good opportunity to start thinking about visiting your local dentist. The dentist can tell you if your child’s mouth is healthy and ready for the other teeth. Your dentist can also advise you on best practices to take care of your child’s mouth. As soon as your child has that first tooth, you can begin gently brushing it. As soon as they have two teeth that touch, you can incorporate flossing!

Schedule an Orthodontic Consultation by Age Seven

Yes, your child will probably still have baby teeth in at age seven. However, at this point, the orthodontist is able to see how your child’s teeth are coming in and if orthodontic intervention is needed. Crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, and jaw issues are all usually easily corrected with the right orthodontic treatment.

Your child may not need braces at all, or your orthodontist may advise you that treatment is needed in the near future. Sometimes beginning treatment before all the primary teeth are lost can help set your child’s mouth up for straighter adult teeth as they continue to grow! Although not every child will need orthodontic care, seeking a professional opinion sooner rather than later is ideal.

When to Receive Oral Health Care

After your child receives their initial dental visit, you should continue to visit your dentist at regular intervals as your child’s primary teeth come in. Since tooth decay can be common even among children, it’s important to ensure your child’s oral health is on par. Your dentist can talk with you about setting up a regular schedule during your initial visit.

For your orthodontic care, your orthodontist will advise you on what care—if any—is needed and when. Your child is unique and his or her treatment plan will be specific to them. The sooner you seek treatment, the more effective treatment will be! When preparing for your child’s first visit to the dentist and orthodontist, keep in mind that these professionals are here to help your child’s smile be the best it can be. From keeping tooth decay and gum disease away to ensuring your child’s teeth come in straight, don’t wait to seek care from your local professionals to create a beautiful smile for your little one!

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From keeping tooth decay and gum disease away to ensuring your child’s teeth come in straight, don’t wait to seek care from your local professionals to create a beautiful smile for your little one!

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Quoc Lu
Quoc Lu

Dr. Lu is highly trained in the latest orthodontic techniques and treatments for pediatric, adolescent, and adult patients. He is a specialist in Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, traditional and self-ligating bracket systems and high-technology wires and appliances. Dr. Lu is currently a leading orthodontist at First Impression Orthodontics in Alexandria, VA.

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