Whole Health Kids (WHKs) is a proactive program combining sound nutrition, healthier routines, and alignment with non-extraction orthodontics. Children with balanced cranial-jaw bones develop into “winners” whose minds and bodies work well together, and whose teeth and jaws form a harmonious bite as nature intended. Beautiful smiles and pleasing faces are the outcome of properly aligned dental bites. The ideal time for cranial-dental evaluation is 7-9 years old.
Parents Guide to Whole Health Orthodontics: Timing is Everything!
Timing is everything in sports, politics, and business. Timing is also critical to help children grow into more fully-actualized young adults with brains and beauty through cranially-based orthodontics.
In my practice, many adult patients come to me for chronic headaches, neck and back pain, TMJ and ever-complicated dental problems that are the life-long result of un-recognized and untreated cranial-dental-facial distortions. How can the same be prevented for your children or grandchildren? How can we help them grow into adults with winning looks, smiles, and positive feelings from within?
Early recognition and timely intervention is critical. Timely treatment in many cases means pre-puberty: girls before age 8 and boys before 10. This allows the dentist to coordinate treatment with puberty growth spurts. Below is a checklist to help parents recognize the leading indicators of cranial-dental-facial.
Early Recognition Clues:
- Medical Clues: ages 0-7
- Allergies, mouth breathing, dry lips
- Earaches, recurrent ear infections or stuffiness
- Frequent colds, inflamed tonsils
- Broken nose or head trauma from falls or accidents
- Attention deficit or hyperactivity
- Prolonged struggle in birth canal
- Early years: colicky, spit-ups with feeding
- Forward Head (ear hole ahead of shoulder point in profile)
- Uneven ears or eyes
- Narrow nostrils, deviated nose
- Small (weak) chin
- Slumped posture
- Dry or parched lips
- Deep chin cleft
- “Gummy” smile
- Overly long “horse” face
- Overly broad flat face
- “Fish mouth” lips in profile
Dental Clues: ages 1-7
- Teeth grinding before age 6
- Thumb sucking persisting
- Open bite (space between upper and lower front teeth for thumb or tongue)
- Crowded front teeth, upper or lower
- Crooked (rotated or turned) front teeth, upper or lower
- Deep bite (upper front teeth overlaps more than half of lower front teeth)
- Cross bite (any lower front OR back tooth/teeth)
- Midlines mis-matched, upper compared to lower
- Premature loss of baby teeth without space maintainer care
- Clicking or popping jaw joints
- Jaw opening-closing: zig-zagging/deviated instead of straight-smooth
Early recognition and intervention carries the following life-long benefits:
- Avoiding extraction of permanent teeth or jaw surgery
- Feeling and looking like a winner
- Growing into full potential academically, athletically, and socially
- Preventing cranial-dental-TMJ problems and associated costs
- Living a healthy and enjoyable life with far fewer health complications
Early recognition means an orthodontic assessment should be made by age 6 for girls and 7 for boys.