The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children receive their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Early orthodontic treatment guides bone and jaw growth and prevents serious orthodontic problems that may occur later. Though treatment may not immediately be necessary, our orthodontists can anticipate future orthodontic problems from your child’s orthodontic evaluation and prepare for the most timely and effective treatment for your child.
“Orthodontics is more than just cosmetic treatment,” Dr. Yan Kalika said. “It not only improves smile aesthetics but also corrects malocclusions, or bad bites, which affect the way children chew and clean their teeth. Orthodontic problems left untreated put children at heightened risk for tooth decay, bone or gum loss and jaw joint pain. Early detection is the most effective way to prevent and correct orthodontic issues.”
Dr. Kalika strongly encourages parents to help children establish good oral habits at a young age to assure that their teeth will remain healthy for all their lives. Tooth decay remains one of the most common diseases of childhood – five times more common than asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Untreated tooth decay can submit children to persistent pain, an inability to eat comfortably or chew well and discolored or damaged teeth. Difficulty cleaning teeth caused by orthodontic problems is a major source of tooth decay in children and should be treated at a young age for best results.
Children’s Dental Health Quick Tips:
· Brush teeth twice a day
· Floss daily to remove food debris between teeth that brushing cannot reach
· Eat healthy and nutritious foods and limit the intake of sugary carbonated beverages
· Visit a dentist and orthodontist for regular checkups and cleanings
· Ask your child’s doctor about fluoride treatments and dental sealants for the prevention of tooth decay and cavities
· Visit an orthodontist by age 7 for your child’s initial orthodontic evaluation
To learn more about orthodontics and proper oral hygiene for children or to schedule your child’s free consultation, call Image Orthodontics at (916) 200-1011.
Image Orthodontics is located in Sacramento, Ca. Image Orthodontics is committed to providing children and adults the highest quality orthodontic care with a friendly, highly-trained staff in a comfortable environment. Our orthodontists and staff are here to help our patients realize their potential for a beautiful smile. For more information about Image Orthodontics and orthodontic treatment, visit www.imageorthodontics.com (http://www.imageorthodontics.com/