Growth and Development

Growth and Development

Due to the importance of nasal breathing over mouth breathing, We establish protocols with your child to lay a foundation for proper growth and development.

Did you know...

  • 60% of a child’s facial growth is complete by age 4
  • 70% by age 5
  • 90% by age 12
Things that lead to improper growth and development:

  • Mouth breathing
  • Habits- pacifiers, bottles, thumbs,
  • Tongue thrust
  • Oral dysfunction
  • Soft diets

Therefore, if we see a child not growing adequately or in the right direction, It’s important to diagnose and treat early.

“Over 90% of children with crooked teeth, teeth grinding, or malocclusion have compromised nasal breathing.” - Drs. Catalano and Walker “Understanding Nasal Breath”

open mouth displaying midface deficency due to oral dysfunction

Midface deficiency due to Oral dysfunction (tongue and lip tie present) and low tongue posture. Mild snoring noticed.

x-ray showing patient with low tongue posture

CBCT of this patient shows low tongue posture and a restricted airway. If this child continues to grow in this fashion, she will end up potentially being a surgery case. Who wants that when we can do something about it NOW!

open mouth displaying 5 years of thumb sucking

New 5 year old with a thumbsucking habit and vaulted palate. Posterior crossbite that leads to narrow maxilla.