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When You Should Take Your Child for an Orthodontic Evaluation

Healing teethAccording to the American Association of Orthodontists, your children should have an orthodontic evaluation before they are seven years-old. Our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Chris Murphy, says a child’s molar teeth are usually developed at this age. That makes it possible for him to identify and prevent potential issues like overcrowding teeth or bite misalignment from interfering with their incoming adult teeth as well as jaw growth.

The American Association of Orthodontics also suggests that your child visit an orthodontist if they show any of the following signs or symptoms:

Difficulty speaking, chewing, or biting
Baby teeth lost very early or late
Thumb sucking and other oral habits
Overcrowded teeth
Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
Misaligned, protruding or recessed jaw or teeth
Gaps between the teeth
Facial asymmetry
Teeth grinding or clenching

Remember, regular dental examinations are a necessary part of your child’s oral health. Dr. Murphy offers advanced child orthodontic options that can address an array of conditions.
Please contact our office to schedule an evaluation. The earlier Dr. Murphy treats your child, the sooner they can have a more beautiful smile!

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