We all love our children and want the very best for them, but three out of every four children will develop crooked teeth and incorrect jaw alignment. Modern research has shown that destructive habits such as mouth breathing, incorrect swallowing, tongue thrusting, incorrect tongue resting posture, or thumb sucking, interfere with normal facial and jaw growth, resulting in unattractive faces and crooked teeth.
Oral-facial Myofunctional Therapy addresses modifies and corrects these causes, by establishing good oral – facial muscle function. O’Connor Dental Health is the only practice in Ireland offering this unique treatment, in conjunction with Functional Jaw Orthopaedics (correcting the size and shape of facial bones and jaws) and Orthodontics (straightening teeth).
Parents intuitively recognise their child’s poor facial growth but are generally advised to ‘Wait until their permanent teeth have erupted’ to address the problem. However, the mid-face is 95 per cent and 100 per cent grown by age 10, and 12 respectively, so your child will have missed out on this vital growth phase by delaying treatment.
Prevention is the best cure so it is best to intervene at a much earlier age (five-plus), to encourage positive forward facial growth, the way ‘Mother Nature’ intended. This not only results in a more attractive face but profoundly enhances your child’s health, as it encourages nasal breathing, maximises the airways, thus reducing the incidence of ENT problems.
The tongue is the most powerful muscle in the body, gram for gram. Its natural resting posture is in the roof of the mouth where it forms a ‘horse-shoe’ shape. There, it exerts a powerful outward force on the developing facial bones, which in turn is balanced by the inward muscular force of the lips and cheeks. From birth to 12 years-old, the malleable facial bones are gently encouraged into an optimum genetic ‘horse-shoe’ shape provided muscle function is balanced. Thus the permanent teeth naturally erupt on jaws large enough to accommodate them, resulting in more attractive faces.
When a child mouth breathes however, the tongue is postured in the floor of the mouth. This posture results in very poor negative development of the upper jaw, crooked teeth, poor airways and a myriad of health issues.
Research shows that successful correction of myofunctional habits reduces and often cures: asthma, ENT problems, chest infections, speech problems, bed-wetting, headaches, and ADHD. Therapy also accelerates orthodontic treatment, but more significantly, often negates its need or cost. The younger the patient presents, the more beneficial the results.
Please call 021-4872600 for a FREE appointment to discuss your child’s needs. www.oconnordentalhealth.ie.
Dr. Tony O’Connor. B.Sc. (Hons) B.D.S. NUI, Ms. Bridget O’Connor B.Sc. H.Dip. Ed. NUI, Main Street, Ballincollig, Co. Cork.