Distinctive Dentistry of Bend gets asked this question a lot: at what age should a child start seeing a dentist?
We see patients starting at age 2, and recommend that children see the dentist as early as this. It is critical for children to see a dentist before all the permanent teeth are in if we are to prevent problems.
One of the causes of poor oral alignment is breathing through the mouth. To circumvent further orthodontic problems, Distinctive Dentistry helps establish nasal breathing habits. This supports proper dental and facial development and stability of the orthodontic result. Malocclusion (crooked teeth) and unfavorable facial development are caused by altered oral posture (the way the tongue, teeth, and lips are held at rest).