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National Orthodontic Health Month

October is National Orthodontic MonthBetween the ages of nine and twelve, your child will experience a great transition from primary teeth to the adult dentition and you may begin to notice spaces and or crowding in the arch. Although a certain degree of spacing is normal, your child may need to correct certain changes to obtain a more proper alignment of the teeth. Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on the irregularities of the teeth and their correction. Treatment can range from removable appliances to braces or even jaw surgery. While some children are treated in their teenage years, others may need treatment to begin earlier. Be sure to inquire with your child's dentist about any dental irregularities that your child may exhibit. Good oral hygiene is of great importance when wearing orthodontic appliances and professional cleanings may be recommended with greater frequency. Consult with your dental provider as needed.

Although our dental irregularities give our smiles character, some children may get unwanted attention from their transitioning smiles. I remember being self-conscious about my goofy smile as a child. As it coincides with Bully Awareness Month, October is an opportunity for families to discuss concerns regarding aggressive behavior among school aged children. Kids Fit Matters is a great resource for families that offers information on a variety of topics from health and fitness to bullying awareness.