Families often ask us why some children start their dental treatment so early; and how early is really too early these days.
In pediatric dentistry, early treatment is considered any treatment performed before the child loses all of his or her baby teeth, which can range from 6 to 12 years old.
When evaluating a patient, we take into consideration some criteria to prompt us to start the treatment early, including:
- Crossbite, which is when the top teeth bite inside bottom teeth. This is because a crossbite can affect growth pattern for the child’s jaws and, if not treated early,can lead to irreparable damage.
- Psycho-social considerations where the child perception of herself affects how she is dealing with the world.
- Risk of trauma for some active children with pronounced front teeth.
We believe all children should be screened and evaluated to determine if early treatment would be beneficial or if treatment can wait until the child loses all of his or her baby teeth.