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Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking beyond 2 years of age negatively affects jaw and teeth development.  The upper jaw will be forced to adapt to the space of thumb with an open space formed at the front of the teeth. As upper jaw growth completes approximately at the age of 9, the obvious ‘open bite’ will be more difficult to treat.

Advice:

If your child sucks their thumb, get their jaw & teeth professionally checked at an early age.

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Narrow Jaw

A well developed upper jaw shape should a rounded and ‘U’ shape. An under developed jaw bone is a ‘V’ shaped with very high vault. The upper jaw often coloured purple due to lack of oxygenation. A ‘V’ shaped or narrow jaw can not accomodate all adult teeth, leading to the need for painful extraction of teeth and costly braces to expand and change its shape.

Advice:

Check your child’s jaw shape by asking them look up and open their mouth widely. If you’re concerned, seek a professional opinion.

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Enlarged Tonsil

Tonsils form part of human immune system. Many children experience enlarged tonsils but if they suffer with it chronically, it may change the way they breathe and slow their jaw development.

Advice:

We work with a team of  ENT (ear, nose and throat specialists) for professional diagnosis and treatment options.

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Mouth Breathing

Children should naturally breaths through nose. Mouth breathing dehydrates the air and activates the wrong muscle group in the face and constrict the jaw development.

This causes many problems like teeth crowding, long facial profile, bad breath, disturbed sleep and increases the risk of tooth decay.

Advice:

monitor your child’s breathing during the day and night. If they mouth-breath, seek professional dental advice.

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Retained Baby Teeth

If there’s not enough space in your child’s jaw for their adult teeth, they may erupt in the wrong position causing retained baby teeth.

Advice:

As your child begins to lose their teeth, check the positioning of each new one. If you notice a retained baby tooth, visit us so we can investigate the underlying problem.

Left untreated, all of these problems can lead to the need for braces or teeth extraction. The is both costly and painful.

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