While it’s possible to fix your teeth and gums at any age, getting an early start is ideal, not only for setting up a lifetime of great hygiene but also detecting bad habits that are negatively affecting your child’s future dental health. Our dentist in Reno, NV, explains what these are and how to address them. 

Why Early Evaluations?

Having your child’s dental health evaluated early (usually before the age of 7, when permanent teeth begin erupting) can be beneficial to long-term dental health. Our dentist can determine whether there is enough space for teeth to grow in, if your child has extra teeth, crowding of the teeth, or bite problems. 

Bad Habits

Some bad habits directly cause dental issues, such as:

  • Thumb sucking – this habit should fade between the ages of 2 and 4. However, some children continue thumb sucking after this age, causing structural changes in their teeth and jaw. The pressure of the thumb can force the bite apart, leading to an open bite.
  • Tongue thrusting – this is a condition where the tongue is constantly pushed up against the front teeth. It can also lead to abnormal bite and cause problems with speaking.
  • Mouth breathing – constantly breathing with the mouth open can lead to abnormalities in the structure of the face and facial muscles as well as abnormal jaw growth. 

How Evaluations Help

Establishing care for your child lays the groundwork for good oral hygiene and monitoring of possible dental issues. Taking care of these bad habits and addressing dental problems early prevents serious problems later down the road and is easier and less painful since the bones haven’t fused in the mouth yet. Additionally, any surgeries that may be necessary to correct jaw problems or facial deformities are better tolerated and less painful for children.

Contact Our Dentist in Reno, NV, for More Information

To get in contact with our friendly team at Atencio Dentistry, call our Reno office today at 775-298-6108!


Your 5-Star-Rated & New Favorite Dentist in Northern Nevada

The team at Atencio family dentistry is amazing. The entire staff is kind, courteous, professional and most of all understanding of your needs. The prices are very reasonable and Dr. Atencio's work is perfection. Their dedication to professionalism and the highest quality dental care is why I only trust Atencio family dentistry. Well worth the drive for a great dental experience. See you next time.

- Justin warren b 5 star review

Had a recent visit to Atencio Dentistry as a new patient; staff was wonderful and accommodating to my disability needs from appointment scheduling to cleaning. My hygienist was very gentle. Dr. Atencio was present to review my dental X-rays and properly evaluated what needed to be done. Needed referral for evaluation for my jaw discomfort. Will be back to get what needs to be done and for my next cleaning.

- Donna abilene r 5 star review

Dr. Atencio and his staff are so friendly, kind, gentle and professional! I had a tooth pulled today, and everyone was awesome. Dr. Atencio was amazing and when he was done I was shocked that the tooth had been pulled. I highly recommend Dr. Atencio for any of your dental needs!

- Jeff j parel 5 star review

I like Karian, my new hygienist. She is personable, professional, knows her craft and made me feel comfortable and at ease. A very nice addition to Atencio's team. I also love the new air filtering equipment that has been added in each hygienist work station. An extra measure of precaution during this pandemic.
Nice to see a profession that is so proactive and protective during these challenging times

- Maggie kathleen a 5 star review

Excellent!! Wish I could give more stars as I am deathly afraid of the dentist and this office is amazing. Love the fact I can have nitrous oxide for cleanings. Sarah the dental hygienist is amazing!!! Best Dentist (Dr. Atencio) I have ever had in my 59 years!!! Thank you

- Cathy julius w 5 star review

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Our Reno, NV
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Our Reno, NV
Dental Office
3773 Baker Lane, Suite #3
Reno, NV 89509


Office Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8AM - 4PM

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