If your child is a “mouthbreather,”
it will affect his/her teeth, dental arches and lower face. Most of the time, people keep their tongue in the roof of the mouth. Children who can only breath through their mouth (due to adenoids, nasal obstructions or tonsils) do not. The muscles in the cheeks collapse the upper arch, causing malocclusions and a “long face.” It can also affect sleep. We refer right to the ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor!
We like the parent to bring their child when he/she is 4 years old. Usually, this first appointment involves meeting the dentist and hygienist and getting comfortable with the office
. We like to do a basic cleaning and fluoride treatment that day and teach the child and parent what they should be doing at home for proper dental care.