What is Healthy Start? by Hunt Valley, MD Dentist Dr. Joel Nathanson.
What is Healthy Start?
Healthy Start is a series of soft comfortable mouthpieces that are designed for growing children to wear that actually help to guide the growth of the jaws. They enabled the teeth to go into the ideal positions. And in many cases, children who do Healthy Start therapy end up not needing braces.
It was primarily designed for those children who have what’s called sleep disordered breathing, which is actually a more widespread problem among children than was originally thought. A couple of things that you should look for while watching your children sleep. Number one, are they sleeping with their mouth open and primarily breathing through their mouth? If they are, then that could be a problem.
Number two, are they restless? Do they have a lot of night sweats? Are they getting older but still wetting the bed? All of these are things that could indicate a breathing problem for your child when they’re sleeping. And Healthy Start could be a good way to help treat not only the sleep breathing problem but also help guide the growth of the jaws so that orthodontics may not be necessary or a much shorter course of treatment in orthodontics would be appropriate for them.
Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Effective 5 P.M today (03/24), the Maryland Department of Health issued a directive stating that health care providers “shall perform only medical procedures that are critically necessary for the maintenance of health for a patient. All elective and nonurgent medical [and dental] procedures and appointments shall cease effective at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and shall not be performed for the duration of the catastrophic health emergency.”
So the question you may have in response to this is “What would be considered an ‘urgent’ condition for which I SHOULD seek treatment?” To answer this question with regard to dental emergencies, the American Dental Association (ADA) has published the following guidance:
Dental care that you should have taken care of by a dentist at this time:
Bleeding that doesn’t stop
Painful swelling in or around your mouth
Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone
Gum infection with pain or swelling
After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
Broken or knocked-out tooth
Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
Biopsy of abnormal tissue
Dental care you can reschedule for another time:
Regular visits for exams, cleanings, and x-rays
Regular visits for braces
Removal of teeth that aren’t painful
Treatment of cavities that aren’t painful
If you do have a true dental emergency (as described above), call your dentist or contact our office. STAY SAFE!