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Do you ever feel stressed about your child’s smile? If so, you’re not alone. There are many parents who wish to help their child avoid dental cavities, enamel erosion, and misaligned teeth. Fortunately, there are ways you can help your child minimize tooth misalignment. Our orthodontist, Dr. Michael Jacobsen, is happy to tell you all about them so you can help your child have the best smile possible.

The first way is by keeping an eye on your child’s oral fixation habits. If your child sucks their thumb, thrusts their tongue against their front teeth, or uses a pacifier, there is a good chance their teeth can shift out of alignment. So, it’s important to help your child quit these habits as soon as possible. If you need help doing so, Dr. Michael Jacobsen should have the tips and information you need.

The second way is by bringing your child into our office at an early age. If you bring your child into our office by the time they are 7 years old for a consultation, our orthodontist will be able to examine your child’s teeth, gums, and underlying bone and make sure everything is on track. If there are issues detected, he will give you the tips you need to minimize smile misalignment now and in the future.

The third way is by using space maintainers. It’s likely for your child’s mouth to get a little crowded. This is to be expected because their 20 baby teeth are being replaced with 32 permanent teeth in a little mouth. Space maintainers can help preserve the space for the incoming teeth and they can also help prevent tooth overlapping and shifting.

Would you like to know more about how you can help your child’s smile in Victorville, California? If so, please remember that our dental team at Jacobsen Orthodontics is always here to help you. We want the best for your child, and we look forward to helping you!