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 development and prevents serious orthodontic problems that may occur later. Treatment may not be immediately necessary, but future orthodontic problems from your child’s orthodontic evaluation can be anticipated.
Dr. Iverson along with Dr. Levi Palmer of Skyway Pediatric Dentistry strongly encourage 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, pediatric dentistry and proper oral hygiene for children or to schedule your child’s free consultation, call Image Orthodontics and Skyway Pediatric Dentistry at (530) 891-3601.
Image Orthodontics and Skyway Pediatric Dentistry are located in Chico, Ca. Image Orthodontics and Skyway Pediatric Dentistry are committed to providing their patients with the highest quality orthodontic and pediatric dental care with a friendly, highly-trained staff in a comfortable environment. Our doctors and staff are here to help our patients realize their potential for a beautiful, healthy smile at any age. For more information about Image Orthodontics or Skyway Pediatric Dentistry, please visit www.imageorthodontics.comor skywaysmiles.com.