More to a mouth than teeth

The mouth can be the window into the rest of the body, and GRAHAME DUTTON and the team at Duxton Dental take this into account when looking at your child’s teeth. With a holistic approach like this, other issues can be revealed.

You might think your child’s orthodontic consult at Duxton would be fairly standard but it goes a lot further than just looking at their pearly whites…

When we perform an orthodontic assessment, we are not only looking for obvious signs such as crowding or poorly positioned teeth, but also things like buck teeth that might be at risk for trauma or for imbalances in the way the jaws come together.

There are even more significant clues, you might not realise, that are valuable pieces of information for a thorough orthodontic assessment.

Does your child breathe through their mouth? When breathing, are the nostrils open on both sides? Poor breathing patterns can have significant effects on general and dental health.

Is your child sleeping well? Do they snore, have interrupted sleep, or is there bed wetting? Do they grind their teeth? Kids who are in good health should not do any of these and if they do it could indicate airway concerns.

Where is your child’s tongue positioned when at rest? And during swallowing? Are the lips opened or closed when resting – you might notice this when they’re watching television? Is there good tongue mobility or could there be a tongue-tie? How big are the tonsils and adenoids? Does your child have any habits that force the teeth apart such as thumb sucking? Any one of these factors could have an impact on tooth position.

We might ask about growth and shoe sizes. We might ask about parents and siblings’ teeth. We are not nosey, just thorough, as there are many pieces of the puzzle that make up a complete orthodontic consultation at Duxton Dental.

03 348 5488 / duxtondental.co.nz

Grahame Dutton and wife Christine Duxbury established Duxton Dental in 1996. Their team of dental surgeons have an avowed commitment to researching and implementing new technologies and techniques in order to provide optimal dental care that is minimally invasive and that will stand the test of time.