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If you’re like many other parents in the world, you want to do everything you can to help your child have a straight and healthy smile. Well, our orthodontist, Dr. Joshua Knowles, has some good news for you: There are many things you can do to help your child meet those smile goals! Our dentist is happy to give you the tips you need. Those tips are:

-Try to limit oral fixation habits: These habits include sucking on the thumb, using a pacifier and thrusting the tongue. Because these habits place unnatural pressure on the teeth, they tend to shift and move the little chompers out of alignment. It’s recommended to help your child curb these habits as soon as possible.

-Bring your child into our office at an early age: Our orthodontist can examine your child’s smile as early as age 7 to make sure everything is on the right track. If problems are detected, he will have the tips you need to help your child have the top-notch smile they deserve.

-Consider using space maintainers: Space maintainers can help your child when their 20 baby teeth are being replaced with 32 permanent teeth. These maintainers save room in the mouth for the permanent teeth, keep the teeth in place and help prevent overlapping and crooked teeth.

To learn more about how to prevent tooth misalignment in Temple, Texas, please contact Smile at the World Orthodontics when you get the chance. All you need to do is dial 254-773-8028 and our dental team will be thrilled to help you, even if it’s just by answering your questions. We look forward to your phone call!