Early signs / Warning signs

Detect the warning signs and act early!

Early Warning signs to look out for

How do we recognise if our child’s face is not developing normally?

Children’s faces are growing and developing quickly, by the time the child is 5 years old the face is 70% grown, by age 12 the mid-face is 100% grown. So the “window for intervening” if growth is not proceeding normally is short !

Early warning signs for childs facial growth

Check for the Symptoms

Why would you wait for 90% of the deformity to establish?

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Other Tell-tale factors

Also we need to look at:

  • Allergies
  • Number of times the child is on Antibiotics
  • Ear Nose Throat Infections…How often they get these?
  • Does your Child Snore?
  • Does your child sleep with the Mouth Open?
  • Any signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
  • Fainting episodes
  • Energy level of child? Hyperactive or Lethargic?
  • Attention span
  • Eating pattern
  • Bed Wetting
  • Bed movement
  • Sleep terrors
  • Non-Nutritive sucking habits
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The Effect Of an Open Mouth Posture on Facial growth

The effect of open mouth posture and downward growth on a growing child

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Poor Facial Growth Consequences

Poor Facial Growth can cause

  • Vertical Growth
  • Long Face
  • Retruded Lower Jaw
  • Crowed Teeth
  • Poor Airway
  • Breathing Problems
  • Sleep Apnea
  • TMJ problems
Poor Facial Growth Consequences

Here is a Simple little check or Measuring device


If any of the above list has ticked a few boxes re your child ,then it is important to bring your child to a Dentist or Orthodontist who is trained to deal with the problems of Poor facial growth. He or she may be able to advice you ,on the best course of treatment appropriate for the age of the child.

Early Intervention in Facial Growth is imperative

We encourage all parents to bring their child along for a free examination and chat, but in order to do a comprehensive treatment plan, we normally require X-rays, (Lateral skull and panoramic), impressions for study casts, photographs of face, teeth and body posture.

Once we have all these records, a full written treatment plan is discussed with parents and child.


It is very important that everyone fully understands the treatment proposed and the costs involved, as any course in orthodontic treatment requires a commitment from all parties concerned.


Free Information Seminars are regularly held for parents and children. If you would like to attend one of these seminars, please call O’Connor Dental Health to arrange a place for you and your family

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