Early Dental Treatment for Kids


Many research publications in Orthodontic journals, both current and historical, have shown that the development of the size of and shape of the jaws is almost entirely influenced by how a child breathes, swallows and positions the tongue and lower jaw. Habits such as mouth breathing, thumb sucking, incorrect swallowing and poor posture are contributing factors of orthodontic problems. These habits should be corrected as soon as they are evident. Without correction of poor habits the growth of the face and the alignment of the teeth is likely to be compromised. In addition, any orthodontic treatment with or without braces is unlikely to have a permanent result as the risk of relapse is unacceptably high. Parents and children do not like extraction of teeth. It does not improve the outcome of treatment and often makes the problem worse. There is little justification for extracting permanent teeth for orthodontic purposes. By correction of myofunctional habits, not only will teeth become and stay correctly in line, but facial development will improve.

Peer Reviewed Research Paper: Guiding Atypical Facial Growth Back to Normal Part 2 – Causative Factors, Patient Assessment and Treatment Planning It has been well documented that the most common factors associated with atypical facial growth involve the airway, which when compromised, leads to mouth breathing and associated aberrant tongue function. The most common changes include downward and backward rotation of the mandible, deficient naso-maxillary complex, a vertical growth pattern, posterior displacement of the TM3, narrow maxillary arch, dental malocclusions and dental crowding. It is imperative that clinicians recognise, diagnose and begin treatment as early as possible when facial growth deviates from normal. Several specific diagnostic tools, coupled with traditional diagnostic records, assist the clinician in determining the degree and direction of atypical growth. Such a clear-cut diagnostic process sets in motion the treatment plan requirements necessary to accomplish the goal of returning facial growth to normal. Diagnosis and treatment planning requires that each practitioner has a broad base of knowledge, a good power of observation and insight into the complex subject of facial growth and development. Click to download: Guiding Atypical Facial Growth Back to Normal, Part Two

Peer Reviewed Research Paper: Guiding Atypical Facial Growth Back to Normal Many practitioners find the complexity of facial growth overwhelming and thus merely observe and accept the clinical features of atypical growth and do not comprehend the long term consequences. Facial growth and development is a strictly controlled biological process. Normal growth involves ongoing bone remodeling and positional displacement. Atypical growth begins when this biological balance is disturbed. With the understanding of these processes, clinicians can adequately assess patients and determine the causes of these atypical facial growth patterns and design effective treatment plans. This is the first of a series of articles which addresses normal facial growth, atypical facial growth, patient assessment, causes of atypical facial growth and guiding facial growth back to normal. Click to download: Guiding Atypical Facial Growth Back to Normal