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the quality of sleep your child receives affects their growth and development? Reading that sentence out loud may sound like a no brainer, yet Sleep Disordered Breathing in children is often overlooked by medical and dental professionals alike, myself included! It is all related to a child's airway and how well they are breathing through their nose, especially at night. Snoring, grinding, restless sleep, bed wetting, thumb sucking, morning headaches, seasonal allergies, speech impairments and hyperactivity are all little clues that tell us your child may not be resting adequately. We also start seeing developmental changes in the oral cavity and positioning of teeth. It is common for parents to ask dentists about grinding, thumb sucking, or pacifier use. Often times the accepted response will not address the core of the problem, or the consequences. As a mom who personally has experienced the consequences and understands the struggle, I am happy to be able to provide this service for my patients... because baby teeth will eventually fall out, but the effects of good sleep will last a lifetime.
The positioning of the tongue will affect the quality of breathing, especially at night. It will also affects the shape of the jaws and positioning of the teeth. If there is improper tongue positioning, a habit corrector may be recommended. The appliance looks like a night guard, except it has an extra space for the tongue. The natural motion of nighttime swallowing will help exercise and train the tongue into a proper position, opening the airway. This special night guard is also helpful for children with habits like thumb sucking, hence the name.
Once the tongue is trained and the airway is open, we want to take advantage of a child's natural growth and development to maintain our positive results. This phase includes a series of other "night guards" that will guide the permanent front teeth into their correct space. This portion is ideally initiated as soon as we see the first front permanent tooth peeking through. The evaluation will consist of a few pictures and a quick digital scan.
The HealthyStart system is a non- invasive approach backed by 50 plus years of research. Ideally, it is initiated in young children who are just starting to have wiggly teeth. However, even older kids who are entering orthodontics can use the habit corrector as a night guard to improve their symptoms. Check out the parent webinar to learn more!