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.