Phillip Strickland, DMD
Morgan Boaen Smith, DMD
Board Certified Pediatric Dentists
Growth & Development
At Dogwood Pediatric Dentistry, we want to address orthodontic problems early, making treatment plans easier and more cost-effective. As a pediatric dental specialist, Dr. Krista Hinchey is an expert on the growth and development of children’s dentition, jaws, and craniofacial structures. We believe braces can improve smiles at any age, but early pediatric attention can often prevent future obstacles. Our pediatric dentist will gladly help any child or teen, along with their parent or guardian, make an informed decision concerning the optimal time for his or her treatment.
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends that your child have a growth and development examination by age seven — for two very good reasons:
There are other problems commonly seen in childhood that may also benefit from orthodontic treatment and braces. These include the early or late loss of baby teeth, persistent thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and mouth breathing. If you notice any of these symptoms, please bring them to the attention of Dr. Krista and our pediatric dental team. But keep in mind that early screening doesn't mean orthodontic treatment or braces need to start right away. In fact, most kids do not begin active orthodontic treatment until they're 9-14 years old.
As your local pediatric dentist, Dr. Krista Hinchey wants to ensure your child’s teeth are developing properly, with the correct bite and alignment, and if they are not, make adjustments now. To schedule an early growth and development evaluation for your child or teen, please call 912-298-KIDS (5437) or fill out our easy online form. Together, our dental team will provide the best dental care for your child to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!
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