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PARENT'S PORTAL

Is your child a mouth breather? Does your child have sleep issues or are they a chronic snorer? These are just two of the signs of sleep disorders in children. Education is the first step towards taking control of your child's long-term health.

 

As part of our collaboration with Airway Health Solutions (AHS), CAFF has created the Parent's Portal. The goal of the Parent's Portal is to provide education, resources, and support for parents of children with airway and sleep dysfunction.

The consequences of a child's poor oral health go far beyond tooth decay and gum disease. Oral health also encompasses jaw alignment and oral cavity --- both of which can impact a child's ability to breathe properly. Poor oral health, of any kind, affects a child's long-term emotional, mental, and physical well-being.

Mouth breathing (often caused due airway dysfunction) can have long-term impacts on both their oral and long-term health. Mouth breathing causes the mouth to dry out, which in turn, creates a damaging effect on the normal process or your oral cavity. A dry mouth means that saliva cannot perform the role it's meant to in your child's mouth. What is the role of saliva? It's there to protect teeth and gums by neutralizing harmful acids. It also acts as a protective barrier, preventing bacteria from growing in the mouth.

There is nothing normal or cute about kids who snore. Many children who mouth breathe during the day sleep with their mouths open at night. Why? Sleep relaxes the muscles that support the airways during the day. Consequently, kids who mouth breathe during the day probably snore at night.

 

Especially at a young age, mouth breathing can change the structure and development of a child's face. There are also physical signs such as an inability to seal lips, dark circles under the eyes, a long face, an open bite, a high or narrowing palate, or a sudden change in posture.

In addition to focusing on your child's teeth, an airway-centric dentist will monitor and focus care on more complex concerns related to your child's bit, palate, and jaw --- all of which can affect how your child breathes.

Sleep and Airway Parent's Town Hall Event
Airway Huddle Parent's Support Group
Parent's Guide to Children's Dental Health
Children's Airway First Reading List
Parent's Guide to Tongue-Ties
Find a Pediatric Dental Provider
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