Pediatric dentistry is a specialized dentistry field that focuses on the health of the baby teeth and the whole chewing system of the child.
Between the ages of 6 to 10, children’s’ first permanent or “adult” teeth come in. During this stage, issues such as crowding can occur if the jaw has not yet grown sufficiently. Also, poor jaw and tooth alignment can result from incorrect lip or tongue function, as well as mouth breathing.
Studies indicate these issues continue through to the “third molars” or permanent dentition that erupt between 17 to 21 years of age, which then require complicated orthodontic treatments.
Dental Wellness Group recommends treating the problems as soon as they are evident, to reduce the need later for braces and extractions.