Check your child's smile!

Simple guidelines to increase parents' awareness:
 
evaluate if your own child has already acquired any type of bad habit, or has already developed an incipient dentofacial malocclusion that needs to be addressed
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- Is your child often sick with acute laringitis, otitis, tonsillitis, or adenoiditis?

- Does he/she breathe through his/her mouth during the day?


- When he/she sleeps have you ever noticed if he/she breathes through his/her mouth?

- Have you ever heard him/her snore while sleeping?
 
-Does your child still use the pacifier or fall asleep sucking his/her own thumb?

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Does your child  still drink
milk from the bottle (over 3years of age) ?

-Have you ever noticed if he/she has the habit of sucking his/her lower lip, as shown in the picture below?



   You can be the one to monitor your own child
from the age of three!
 
 Observe your child:
in  any of the following situations we  strongly suggest you  take
a dental check up appointment before the age of five!
 
 
 
-Have you noticed if  the mandible of your child is more external compared to the upper maxillary arch (inverted bite,
as shown in these pictures)?

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***** for the description of the terms DEEP BITE,  CROSS BITE, OPEN BITE etc  click here  Med Terms

When your child smiles do you see any open space in the front (open bite, as shown in the picture below)?

 


- Are the lower teeth more external to the upper teeth while he simply bites down (cross-bite, as shown in the picture above)? Is this only on one side or  on both sides ( monolateral or bilateral crossbite) ?

- Have you noticed if your child often puts his/her tongue in between of the two dental arches, especially while swallowing (Tongue thrust )?


 
 - When your child smiles have you ever noticed if you can only see his/her upper teeth and not at all the lower-ones as the edge of the upper teeth is  almost touching the inferior gums (deep bite, as shown in the picture above)?

finally 
did  you ever noticed if your child have decays  or a situation of decays that had caused the total colaps of the bite?