Children, Dentists and Facial Growth

Children, Dentists and Facial Growth

Posted by Dr. Alicia Abeyta DDS FAGD on Dec 15 2020, 12:07 AM

It is easy to see how our ancestors who ate traditional foods, from the garden and the hoof, and were breastfed, grew to have splendid facial form with broad dental arches and free of cavities.

This one huge difference in diet has greatly affected facial growth and a large range of facial features.  Dentists might see children with no cavities but rarely see a child with good facial form. According to research, it is actually more common to see children with crooked or crowded teeth and other issues that can have long range effects on children then not.

We define good facial form as having the following characteristics:

  • Attractive Face
  • Proper Airway (no sleeping issues etc.)
  • Straight teeth
  • Balanced jaw Joints

We define poor facial form as having the following characteristics:

  • Less attractive face (long, lower jaw behind upper or lower jaw ahead of upper jaw)
  • Breathing issues (snoring, restless sleeper, nightmares, bed-wetting, asthma, allergies, ENT problems)
  • Crooked or Crowded teeth
  • Clicking jaws or Teeth grinding

In a perfect world, we would want to spot these issues before they develop.

Thankfully, there are signs and symptoms we can look for: 

  • Unusual or recurring illnesses such as ear, nose and throat issues.
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Fainting
  • Allergies

Other conditions to look for are low or ultra-high-energy levels or attention spans and bed wetting.

And even though some of the above conditions are commonly found in kids, these may also be warning signs that our children are not experiencing normal growth patterns in their teeth or jaws that would surely lead to more serious issues later in life.

Dentist are in a unique position to identify the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for facial growth conditions. Choosing a dentist with the necessary training to detect issues could greatly impact your life.

Call Dr. Abeyta’s office today at (505) 293-7611, or Contact us by email, to learn more.

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