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When Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?
By The Brace Place Orthodontics
December 23, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontist  

When your child is still very young you may not be ready quite yet to start thinking about the possibility of braces, as it's something usually associated with their teen years. But even young children can benefit from seeing their Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist. There are signs that they may be developing a dental concern that you as a parent can spot, but the best course of action is typically prevention. So to learn more please reach out to Dr. Josh Goldknopf of The Brace Place.

Harmful Habits

If your child has a thumb-sucking habit or exhibits tongue thrust-related issues into early childhood it's a good idea to seek professional help.

Prolonged thumb sucking can create pressure on their developing jaws and can affect their bite and create other spacing problems.

Tongue thrust can also cause very similar problems to thumb sucking and the condition manifests when your child's tongue often sticks out beyond their teeth.

Signs of Discomfort

Dental discomfort of any kind merits a visit to your dentist's office. But pay close attention if your child is having difficulty eating, chewing, or when speaking your Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist may be able to help. These could be early signs of a bite condition that causes their teeth to become misaligned and creates undue stress on their jaw joints.

Lost Teeth

Your child losing their baby teeth is a very natural part of their dental development. There may be cause for concern if they lost the baby tooth because of injury or decay. Beyond their role in early nutrition, baby teeth help to preserve the space for the permanent adult tooth once it comes in. So if your child has lost their tooth before they were meant to naturally, it could cause other teeth to shift into the empty space which can block the incoming adult tooth and may cause it to become impacted.


Most professionals recommend having your child examined by an orthodontist as early as the age of 7, which is when permanent molars have come in along with other adult teeth.

Orthodontic treatment may not even be required for many at this stage, it's just a very appropriate time for their doctor to notice the signs of potential issues in the future. There is enough there for their dentist to determine a plan of action.

Those who may need early orthodontic intervention will be able to benefit from it as it can minimize or altogether prevent bite conditions in the future.

Schedule a Visit

It's not too early, schedule a consultation with your Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist today. Make an appointment with The Brace Place, with Dr. Goldknopf, by dialing (904) 249-0037.