Infant Oral Health

Dr. Damon enjoys seeing children of all ages; however, she loves to see newborns and infants to get mom and baby on the right track.

The following are assessed during the exam:

  • Tethered oral tissues (TOTS)
  • Feeding (breastfeeding/bottlefeeding)
  • Arch shape
  • Palate shape
  • Compensations while feeding
  • Pacifier use/ habits/ bottles
  • Breathing/ mouth posture
  • Tongue positioning

Dr. Damon will discuss with you how to get your child ready for optimal health

  • Dental Diet
  • Bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Myo-optimization
  • How to set your child up for less risk of orthodontic needs and less risk of oral dysfunction

Dr. Damon will create a path to wellness for your child to in order to promote optimal oral health care.

Toddler Oral Health

Many parents ask why should my 1 year old come to the dentist? She only has 8 teeth? Here at Dallas Pediatric Dentistry, we look beyond the teeth! So many other important things are going on in the oral cavity that help shape how they grow and develop. What do we look for at this stage?

Dental Exam

  • Dental decay
  • Tethered oral tissues
  • Oral dysfunction
  • Arch shape
  • Palate shape
  • Face shape
  • Habits- thumb, pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups, nailbiting
  • Mouthbreathing
  • Tonsils/adenoids
  • Proper growth and development

Sleep disordered breathing symptoms peaking at 6-18 months of age are 40-50% more likely to experience behavioral problems by age 7

20-30% of children 2-5 years old have dental decay

Dr. Damon will discuss with you how to get your child ready for optimal health

  • Dental Diet
  • Habits
  • Myo-optimization
  • How to set your child up for less risk of orthodontic needs and less risk of oral dysfunction

School Aged Oral Health

Dietary habits and oral hygiene habits need to be reinforced at this age to help a healthy, happy child. What does Dr. Damon look for at this age?

Dental exam:

  • Dental decay
  • Changes and signs of oral dysfunction
  • Signs of mouth breathing and sleep disordered breathing
  • Face shape
  • Dental arch shape
  • Growth and development
  • Oral posture

Did you know…

“It is important to diagnose and treat children at an early age because 60% of their facial growth occurs by age 4, 70% by age 5, and 90% by age 12.”

-Understanding the importance of Nasal Breathing

What do we focus on and discuss with parents to gain optimal health?

  • Discuss proper oral health at home (prevention)
  • Foods to eat to help us develop proper jaws
  • How to begin fixing improper growth and development

Adolescent Oral Health

Our goal here at Sleep Disordered Breathing is to get children to take responsibility of their own health. Through their time in the learning lab, they have gained all the proper skills from flossing to brushing to making healthy food options.

 

Dental exam:

  • Dental decay, periodontal health, gingivitis
  • Assess for mouth breathing, grinding, sleep disordered breathing
  • Changes in signs of oral dysfunction

 

How can we help your adolescent?

  • If we think hygiene needs improvement, we will customize a plan to have more frequent recalls (especially if patient is in orthodontics).
  • Address the dysfunction that could cause relapse after orthodontics