Here’s a very common occurrence in modern dental practice.
Assessment of the airway is a relatively new direction in a ‘functional dental exam’. The idea is that we understand that the teeth and jaws are the architecture of the airways.
This was posted by Dr. Marianna Evans from the OrthoPerio Institute in Pennsylvania. She is one of the very few specialists in the world dual trained as an orthodontist and a periodontist. And wow, practitioners like Dr. Evans are changing the way we practice dentistry.
These tonsils can be called ‘kissing tonsils’. If you’re wondering ‘how does this kid breathe,’ you’re EXACTLY right to ask that’ The answer is they don’t breathe well, their airways are inflamed and barely patent. They’re forced to mouth breathe, which can predispose them to stunted jaw growth, worsening the problem.
Childhood allergies, adenoid and tonsil swelling impede the airway. Dr. Evans consulted with an ENT surgeon to remove adenoids and tonsils.
This airway based approach is the future of dental healthcare. But what we need to realize is that allergies occur due to an immune system in distress.
If we correct this child’s eating habits, and breathing habits, before their allergies encroach their airways, their gut and response to the environment isn’t an allergic one. Nutrition, with nasal breathing and expansive orthodontics is crucial to get childhood dental development on track.
The real reality is that if we can correct these processes in a child, we can prevent orthodontic braces.
These principles will be covered in my book The Dental Diet, I’m so excited to share with you this new way of practicing dentistry and the connection to the rest of the body.
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Did you or your child have allergies or swollen tonsils? Did you know it can increase the risk of crooked teeth? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.