Pediatric Dental Growth & Development in Mar Vista

Girl Smiling | Pediatric Dentist Santa MonicaIn addition to regular checkups and cleanings, our board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Andrew Huynh, will monitor your child’s growth and development. His expertise and experience will reveal any growth-related dental problems that require treatment to ensure that the teeth, jaws, and bone all develop correctly.

By treating certain conditions early, your child has a better chance of a lifelong healthy smile.

Diagnostic images, x-rays, and a bite evaluation will help Dr. Andrew determine if interceptive or early childhood orthodontic intervention is necessary.

Catching Minor Problems before Big Issues Start

In addition to common dental diseases, such as decay, children can have irregularities in the eruption and alignment of the teeth. Often, the jaw and teeth grow at incongruent rates, leading to jaws that are too small to house all adult teeth comfortably, which leads to tooth misalignment and jaw-related conditions that may impact speech and sleep quality.

By modifying your child’s behavior before it causes damage to their teeth and development, you can often help your little one grow properly for healthy dental function before damage occurs that requires lengthier or more complex treatment.

Behavioral Adjustments

  • Bottle use
  • Thumb sucking and finger sucking
  • Pacifier (non-nutritive habit)
  • Mouth breathing
  • Tongue thrust
  • Teeth grinding

Dr. Andrew will be happy to discuss oral appliances and give advice on how to help your little one stop habits that might interfere with healthy growth and development. 

Pediatric Orthodontics

Children Laughing | Mar Vista Pediatric DentistWe evaluate most children in our Mar Vista dental practice at about age seven to determine whether early orthodontic treatment is necessary to guide the growth and development of the jaws and teeth.

Phase I and Phase II Orthodontics

By addressing growth issues at an early age with space maintainers or palatal expanders (interceptive orthodontics), children today can often avoid orthodontic extractions and adult occlusal (bite) issues that can impact jaw function.

  • Overcrowding
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Uneven spacing

By guiding the growth and development of the jaw, not only does your child have healthier teeth and a more comfortable bite, but they also enjoy fully developed facial features without an overbite or underbite that can impact their profile and speech.

While orthodontics during the preteen years may still be necessary, often, orthodontics is less complex and requires children to wear braces for shorter treatment times than without early orthodontic intervention.

Pediatric Dental Growth and Development in Mar Vista

If you are searching for a kid’s dentist in the greater Los Angeles area who will take a comprehensive approach to oral health, we welcome you to contact us to book your child’s next dental appointment with Dr. Andrew.

We look forward to meeting you and your child.