Orthodontic/Orthopedic-early detection, Dr. Dagostino, Parma, Ohio
Newsletter for March, 2007
As we anxiously anticipate the arrival of spring, Mother Nature
continues to torment us with the blustery winter weather, reminding us we
live in Cleveland, Ohio.
The concept of early orthodontic/orthopedics was developed in Europe in
the 1930's and 40's. The philosophy is based on the fact that somewhere
around 80% of facial growth and development occurs by the age of 8.
Skeletal anomalies and or malformations in a child will cause orthodontic
malformations in the adult dentition. The ability to diagnose and treat
these orthodontic/orthopedic discrepancies can prevent more invasive and
unstable treatment later in life. The importance of normal jaw
relationship in the growing child can not be underestimated, as abnormal
facial growth and development can have a restrictive effect on the airway.
The inability to properly oxygenate will negatively impact the child's
heart, brain, and other organs. The old philosophy of waiting until all
the child's permanent teeth have erupted before any treatment is
initiated, has been shown by countless studies to be flawed. The American
Dental Association recommends that all children have an
orthodontic/orthopedic screening by the age of 3. This allows the early
diagnosis and treatment of major skeletal anomalies or defects.
Should you feel your child or someone you love have an
orthodontic/orthopedic problem, please contact our office for a no charge
Michael W. Dagostino, DDS