Children’s Dentistry

Aiding the growth and development of younger smiles.
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When to Consult an Expert?

Here is what to look for before visiting your dentist in Langley, BC.

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The best thing you can do for your child is to carefully observe and watch the way their teeth are developing.

Contact your Langley, BC dentist if you notice your child has the following:

  • Crooked teeth

  • Bite issues, such as an over-bite or under-bite

  • Forward head posture

  • Habits, such as heavy mouth breathing or teeth grinding

  • Snoring and/or gasping during sleep

If you have concerns, you should consult an expert who is trained to recognize and treat these complex developmental issues. Early intervention is critical! It is vital to diagnose and treat growth and development issues as early as possible. Once a child’s growth spurt is over in their early teens, the potential to correct the developmental issues become severely limited.

What Are the Risks?
Discover how to be on alert for common factors.
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As your partner in Langley, BC dentistry, we are trained to look for the signs and risks of underdeveloped jaws. Underdeveloped jaws are typically not properly aligned with each other. They can even create an imbalance in the musculoskeletal structure of the head and neck.

As the body tries to compensate for this imbalance, the result is painful joints and sore, tired muscles. This can lead to a future of chronic head and neck aches.

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Early Signs of Sleep Apnea

You could save your child’s life.
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One of the most significant risks poor orthopedic jaw development can pose to your child is their breathing. Underdeveloped jaws can affect your child’s breathing patterns, eventually leading to sleep apnea.

The lack of space between small, underdeveloped jaws forces the tongue into the airway at the back of the mouth, obstructing your child’s breathing. In the worst cases, this obstruction can lead to sleep apnea, one of the most common and serious ailments affecting most Canadians today.

Signs that sleep apnea may be developing include snoring and/or gasping for air while sleeping.

Airway obstruction in children has been linked to poor health, behavioral problems, ADHD, and poor scholastic performance. When the obstruction continues into adulthood, there is an increased risk of cancer, impotence, heart attack, and stroke.

I started seeing Dr.Hill for my TMJ and switched my family over to his office. During a routine check-up with my 5-year-old son, he informed me his tonsils were quite large. Fast forward a month and I have found out my son has obstructive sleep apnea and we have a rush referral into Children's Hospital to have his tonsils and adenoids out. Without Dr. Hill and his knowledge, I may have never known! So happy to have found him.

Terra P. (Actual Patient)

How to Support Growth & Development
The best thing you can do for your child is to carefully observe and watch the way their teeth are developing.
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One of the most obvious signs of poor orthopedic jaw development is crooked or crowded teeth. Crowded teeth may indicate jaw growth has been restricted, preventing your child from developing to his or her full genetic potential. Crooked teeth tend to wear and fracture, as they improperly grind on each other over time.

Underdeveloped jaws tend to not line up well with each other or with the head and neck. This creates unbalanced function of the skeletal-muscular system. The result often presents itself as painful pathology of the joints and, more commonly, the muscles. Chronic headache and neck pain are the most common symptoms.

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