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Growing Healthy Faces & Jaws for Life-Long Health

14th March 2022

At Absolutely Dental our dentists and oral health therapists are trained to recognise issues that affect your child's development.

Early intervention is key to preventing future problems of dental crowding and airway space reduction.

Did you know the size of the jaw has a profound influence over a person's general health for their entire life?

Jaws that do not grow to their full potential may cause a decrease in airway size and contribute to:

  1. Sleep disturbance
  2. Learning difficulties
  3. Increased allergies
  4. Decreased attention span and ADHD
  5. Behavioural issues
  6. Risk of sleep apnoea, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer

Small, under-developed jaws can also lead to:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Increased decay
  • Need for braces
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

Things we can do to help a child develop their jaws and faces to the correct size

BABY

  • Breastfeed
  • Get baby assessed for tongue tie and treat if necessary
  • Avoid dummies and finger/thumb sucking
  • Make sure they are breathing through the NOSE
  • When introducing solids, give foods baby can hold and chew on and avoid purees and sloppy foods

TODDLER

  • Avoid sippy cups
  • Assess allergies and hayfever and treat if present
  • Avoid foods that may trigger allergies
  • Ensure nose breathing at all times
  • Have snoring of any child assessed and treated
  • Check for enlarged tonsils and adenoids

AGE 4

  • Assess teeth and jaw size
  • Use orthotropics (Myobrace or Myomunchee system) and oroficial myology if needed 
  • Ensure nose breathing at all times
  • Address and treat snoring if present
  • Check for enlarged tonsils and adenoids

AGE 7

  • Reassess jaw size and position of unerupted teeth
  • Orthopaedics if jaw size is too small
  • Ensure nose breathing at all times
  • Assess for tongue tie and treat if necessary

AGE 11

  • Orthodontic assessment
  • Ensure nose breathing at all times

ADULT

  • Get sleep study if persistent tiredness in day or poor sleep
  • Address snoring
  • Ensure nose breathing at all times

Snoring is never normal at any age.

Please ask us for more information - 4723 8100.

We look forward to helping you and your family with lifelong health.

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