Teaching your children how to take care of themselves is a key part of being a parent. While many moms and dads tend to harp on the importance of eating your vegetables, getting a good night's rest and not eating too much artificial sugar, most parents don't hold proper dental and orthodontic hygiene to the same esteem that they should.

In fact, good oral hygiene is one of the most important aspects to maintaining overall health. One of the primary factors in oral health is orthodontics, and while many parents don't think that kids need to visit the orthodontist until later in life, many professionals say that appointments scheduled for as soon as seven years of age will help to prevent more problematic issues down the line.

This is because adult teeth — and potential orthodontia issues that accompany adult teeth — tend to come in at around the age of six or seven. This developmental stage, when bones are still growing, is an ideal time to evaluate the progress of tooth growth and placement. With the old adage that you are better off safe than sorry in mind, it's important to visit a professional pediatric orthodontist to determine if your kids may ever need braces or other treatment options.

In fact, this early intervention may actually reduce the need for treatment down the line. If, at this early stage, your orthodontist is able to identify jaw and gum issues that could arise, they may be able to implement spacers, expanders and other common treatments to help deal with the issue so that braces may not be required.

When it comes to getting your child the best possible treatment, be sure to consult with Dr. Tanya Vaysman at KidsBracesNYC. As an expert orthodontist who specializes in pediatric care, Dr. Vaysman will ensure that your child is well cared for and has a positive dental experience. To learn more, contact us today or schedule an appointment.