Early childhood tooth development involves more than just ensuring the teeth come in properly. Everything from the child’s posture to swallowing patterns can have an effect on their overall oral health and growth.
What Is Orthotropic Treatment?
Orthotropics is a biological approach to tracking, monitoring, and correcting facial and jawbone growth and development. Orthotropic treatment addresses the underlying causes of improper development. For example, these improper habits can form from breastfeeding, diet, allergies, tongue-tie, sleep posture, and more. Orthotropics is a non-surgical, non-invasive way to retrain and recondition the body to improve these habits.
The Difference Orthotropics Can Make
Orthotropics can help prevent serious health concerns down the road and improve the appearance and proportions of the face. Orthotropics can strengthen the jawline, make the face more proportional, and improve breathing by opening up the airway.
If a child does not receive orthotropic treatment, the likelihood of developing a range of health issues down the road increased. These issues include:
- Damaged Teeth
- Flat or Long Face
- Receding Chin
- Sleep Apnea
- Weak Temporomandibular Joints
Signs Your Child May Need Orthotropic Treatment
Wondering if your child has bad oral habits that may require orthotropic treatment to get them back on track? Here are some of the most common issues that may indicate the need for orthotropic intervention:
- Breathing Issues
- Chronic Dry Lips
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Frequent Snoring
- Keeping Mouth Open While Awake & Asleep
- Teeth Overcrowding
- Thumb Sucking
Children’s Dentistry at Dental Solution of Columbus
We recommend taking your child to the dentist twice a year once their first tooth comes in or by their first birthday. Regular visits allow your dentist to catch any issues while they’re still small. Orthotropic treatment can start early on and help adjust any habits or problems before they worsen as a child ages. Habits are easier to address with young children than they are with preteens and teens! At Dental Solutions of Columbus, our team provides tailored, high-quality orthotropic care for kids. Do you think your child may benefit from orthotropic treatment? Please contact our office to book a consultation!