While it’s possible to fix your teeth and gums at any age, getting an early start is ideal, not only for setting up a lifetime of great hygiene, but also detecting bad habits that are negatively affecting your child’s future dental health. Our dentist in Encinitas, CA, explains what these are and how to address them.
Having your child’s dental health evaluated early (usually before the age of 7, when permanent teeth begin erupting) can be beneficial to long-term dental health. Our dentist can determine whether there is enough space for teeth to grow in, if your child has extra teeth, crowding of the teeth, or bite problems.
Some bad habits directly cause dental issues, such as:
Establishing care for your child lays the groundwork for good oral hygiene and monitoring of possible dental issues. Taking care of these bad habits and addressing dental problems early prevents serious problems later down the road and is easier and less painful since the bones haven’t fused in the mouth yet. Additionally, any surgeries that may be necessary to correct jaw problems or facial deformities are better tolerated and less painful for children.
To get in contact with our friendly team at McElroy Smile by Design, call our Encinitas office today at 760-237-0648!