To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, Gulf Coast Orthodontics encourages early preventative care

February 8, 2016 CONRIC PR

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and Gulf Coast Orthodontics is using the occasion to highlight the importance of scheduling a child’s first orthodontic checkup at the age of seven.

While most people think of pre-teens and teenagers as the recipients of orthodontic care, patients often experience more favorable outcomes when they are evaluated while their jaws are still growing and they still have baby teeth. Parents learn how to monitor their child’s progress, and early treatment may often reduce the expense and duration of later treatment.  Serious problems can oftentimes be prevented through early interceptive treatment. Orthodontists have opportunities to correct problems that might not be possible once the child’s face and jaws have stopped growing.

By the age of seven, orthodontists can determine whether there will be enough room in a child’s mouth for adult teeth, if the baby teeth will not fall out on their own, and if a bite problem is developing. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, early evaluation represents an orthodontist’s best opportunity to:

  • guide jaw growth
  • lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • correct harmful oral habits
  • improve appearance and self-esteem
  • guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
  • improve the way lips meet.

Dr. Michele Laboda of Gulf Coast Orthodontics said, “It’s always a privilege to help children develop a healthy, beautiful smile they can be proud of for life. It’s most rewarding when we are able to evaluate and treat early to provide the best possible outcome with the least amount of time and expense.”


Gulf Coast Orthodontics offers the highest quality care and technology in the orthodontic treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Michele Laboda, DMD, and her associate Van R. Speas, DDS, are top in their field and offer everything from simple retainers to invisible ceramic braces, Invisalign and digital imaging. Gulf Coast Orthodontics provides affordable, high quality treatment to fit your budget, many payment options available, and will work with most insurance companies. They have two convenient locations. The main office located in Fort Myers at 14361 Metropolis Avenue, Suite 1 and an office in Estero at 21740 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 116. For more information visit or call 239.561.2258.


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