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3 Reasons Your Child May Need an Orthodontist

While it might seem like it's too early to see an orthodontist, it actually may be just the right time! According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should start seeing an orthodontist before age 7. This is especially true if you notice a problem with misaligned teeth or jaws: If you notice problems earlier, take your child in. 3 tips from the American Association of Orthodontists:

1. Early orthodontist visits may prevent problems

By age 7, children typically have many of their permanent teeth, and may already be showing signs of possible orthodontic problems. 

An orthodontist can assess the child's teeth and jaw to check for any misalignment that may develop in the future. This allows for early treatment and less headaches later on!

2. Orthodontist visits can help with intervention of other issues

Seeing an orthodontist doesn't always mean braces; other work may include helping stop a sucking habit or removing a stubborn baby tooth at the right time.

3. Early visits can also help ensure your child's development is on track

When you visit an orthodontist early, he or she can make sure your child's baby teeth are on schedule, that permanent teeth are coming in at the right time and in the proper sequence, and that the jaws are developing well.

It's never too early to start addressing your child's orthodontic health. If you have concerns regarding your child's teeth or jaw, talk to your dentist about scheduling a visit with an Orthodontist.

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Of note: The information provided here is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. These tips are from doctors, nurses and people who have shared their real-life advice; always check with a doctor or other appropriate medical professional you trust before making any healthcare changes. Again, speak to your doctor before using any form of medication - prescription or nonprescription drugs.