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Your Kids

Education & prevention

District Dental believes the best type of dentistry for children is no dentistry at all and that good oral care begins with education. Our staff will always take the time to ensure that you and your child leave the office feeling completely equipped with the best knowledge and tools available in order to make the right decisions at home. Good oral care often equals good overall health and our mission is to ensure that every child we see is given the best chance at having a good, healthy start.

One of the most common questions we get is: “At what age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?”. While it is the general consensus to bring your child in when the first tooth appears (approximately 6 months), we believe that it is best to visit before you give birth, sometime in your third trimester. This allows us to help you prepare for the future needs of your child and lets us offer some education in regards to their oral development. Our goal is to provide you with a professional source of information that will help you determine what is best not only for your baby, but for yourself and your lifestyle.

While in the office, we can answer all of the questions you may have regarding your baby’s oral development, including:

  • Breastfeeding vs. Bottle Feeding
  • Formula vs. Breast Milk
  • Pacifiers
  • Night Feeding
  • Tongue-Ties
  • When to introduce solids, etc

Early interceptive orthodontics

If you’ve ever wondered if there is anything that can be done to correct your child’s crowding/crooked teeth before the age of 11, District Dental can consult with you to develop a plan. We look at the child’s development as a dynamic process which can be affected by various forces throughout life. It’s with this principle in mind that we cater our approach to treating children’s malocclusions (bad bites).

Why Does my Child have Crowding/Crooked Teeth?

The simple answer to this question is that your child’s jaws are too small. However there are many factors when it comes to this. Often times as parents we contribute small jaws to heredity and although not incorrect, it prevents us from discovering other factors which may be a factor. These other factors are mostly controllable and give us the ability to guide the growth of the child to accommodate all of their teeth and their tongue in a well-aligned and physiologically balanced manner.

Treatments can include:

  • Myobrace — a no-braces orthodontic approach to help straighten the teeth and develop the jaws.
  • Jaw expansion/development appliances
  • Planas direct tracks — composite tooth buildups to guide teeth into alignment.
  • Myofunctional therapy — the neuromuscular re-education or re-patterning of the oral and facial muscles. Therapy includes facial + tongue exercises and behavior modification techniques to promote proper tongue position, improved breathing, chewing, and swallowing.

sleep disordered breathing

While most of us have heard of adult sleep apnea, there are few of us who have heard of Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing (Sleep Apnea). It is estimated that 1 to 4% of children suffer from sleep apnea and is most commonly found in those aged 2 to 8.

Sleep Apnea can be detrimental to a child’s overall health and development and if left untreated, it can put a child on life-long path of pain, poor development, depression and major health issues (i.e. heart conditions, high blood pressure etc).

Common symptoms of pediatric sleep apnea include:

  • Failure to thrive
  • Headaches, especially in the mornings
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Mouth breathing
  • Nasal voice
  • Irritability and aggressive behavior
  • Fatigue
  • Hyperactivity
  • Bed wetting
  • Depression
  • Poor behavior/Poor performance in school
  • Poor health
  • Social isolation

At nighttime a child with sleep apnea may exhibit:

  • Frequent loud snoring
  • Pauses in breathing, gasping and snorting
  • Restlessness and constant movement
  • Abnormal posture during sleep with their head in unnatural positions
  • Heavy sweating from labored breathing

If you believe your child may be suffering from sleep apnea, contact District Dental today

Lip & tongue tie release

What is a Frenum?

A Frenum is a muscular attachment commonly found under your upper and lower lip and underneath your tongue. The function of the frena (multiple) isn’t fully understood, other than providing stability for your lips and tongue.

When we encounter a frenum that is either too short or attached inappropriately, it can lead to a functional impediment of the lips and tongue. When function is affected, it can lead to poorly developing jaws resulting in crooked teeth. Additionally, poor functioning lips and tongue can affect the ability to properly breathe, chew, swallow and speak. Thus, necessitating a Frenectomy.

What is a Frenectomy?

A Frenectomy is, quite simply, the removal of the frenum from one or more areas of the mouth. District Dental employs a soft tissue diode laser for all frenectomies. This laser gives us greater control in the removal of only the tissues that need to be removed with essentially no bleeding during the surgical procedure. Post-operatively pain and discomfort is minimal compared to the more conventional approach with a scalpel.

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