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How To Keep Track of When Your Child’s Adult Teeth Come In

August 14, 2019
How To Keep Track of When Your Child’s Adult Teeth Come In

An odd pattern of tooth eruption can cause more orthodontic problems for a child than is seen when the permanent (adult) teeth come in several months too early or too late. If your child’s teeth do not come in as expected, his or her bite and smile could both be affected. Studies show that changes […]

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Recognizing and Treating a Child’s Misaligned Jaw

May 14, 2019
Recognizing and Treating a Child’s Misaligned Jaw

What is a misaligned jaw (malocclusion)? When a child has malocclusion, his or her upper and lower teeth do not come together correctly upon closing the mouth. For example, if a child’s upper teeth stick out farther than his or her lower teeth do, this is referred to as an ‘overbite.’ When the lower teeth […]

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How Sleep Apnea Affects Children

April 09, 2019
How Sleep Apnea Affects Children

We have all heard about the effects that sleep apnea has on adults; but what about the effects of sleep apnea in children? The impact that this disorder has on children may surprise you. Understanding Sleep Apnea in Children Just as with adults, children who have sleep apnea wake up on-and-off due to a brief […]

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An Orthodontist Can Address Issues Related to Permanent Tooth Eruption

March 19, 2019
An Orthodontist Can Address Issues Related to Permanent Tooth Eruption

Diagnosing and treating problems related to permanent (i.e., secondary or adult) tooth eruption early on may prevent the need for more expensive orthodontic treatments in the future. Seek Treatment Early When Adult Teeth Do Not Erupt By the time your child turns 7 years old, our orthodontists can usually tell if problems related to permanent […]

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Recognizing Bad Habits Damaging Your Child’s Teeth

February 11, 2019
Recognizing Bad Habits Damaging Your Child’s Teeth

We all know the importance of teaching our children how to brush and floss, but most of us don’t even think about all the other things they do that could be damaging their teeth. Recognizing and addressing the bad habits affecting your child’s teeth now can help prevent serious dental issues from developing in the […]

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Prevent Orthodontic Problems Through Early Intervention

January 08, 2019
Prevent Orthodontic Problems Through Early Intervention

Genetics can play a major role in misaligned teeth; therefore, if either biological parent had, or should have had, orthodontic treatment, chances are their child will need some type of treatment as well. However, there are also several non-genetic issues that can result in the need for orthodontic treatment. For example, children who use a […]

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10 Reasons Why You Should Take Your 7-Year-Old to the Orthodontist

December 18, 2018
10 Reasons Why You Should Take Your 7-Year-Old to the Orthodontist

Unless you notice that your child is experiencing an orthodontic problem sooner, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist once they reach the age of 7. By the time your child turns 7, enough permanent teeth have erupted for an orthodontist to decide if orthodontic treatment is necessary and, if so, […]

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Send Your Child Back-to-School with a Healthy Smile

September 22, 2016
Send Your Child Back-to-School with a Healthy Smile

No matter what grade your child just started this school year, back-to-school season inevitably brings with it a long list of to-do items. There are new clothes to buy, school supplies to purchase, and permission forms to complete. For many parents, this is also the time to schedule their child’s annual pediatric doctor visit. But […]

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Will My Child Need Braces? The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Intervention

July 01, 2016
Will My Child Need Braces? The Benefits of Early Orthodontic Intervention

For parents across Canada, helping their children stay as healthy as possible is one of their top priorities in life. That means making sure your child has routine checkups at the dentist and doctor, as well as ensuring they get the care they need for illnesses like colds and flu. But there’s another area of […]

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Why Every Child Should Visit an Orthodontist by Age 7

June 28, 2016
Why Every Child Should Visit an Orthodontist by Age 7

The right time for an orthodontist checkup? Age 7. That’s right: you don’t want to wait until your child is in middle school or high school for that first trip. While “braces” has become as synonymous with a teenager rite of passage as awkward first kisses and high school dances, orthodontics care should start much […]

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