Oral Habit Management in Pembroke Pines & Plantation, FL
Oral habits such as finger/thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can interfere with the natural growth pattern of facial bones. This problem can lead to crowding teeth and an abnormal facial structure. Guidance on the proper development and eruption of primary and permanent teeth is an integral part of the comprehensive dental care we provide at Jacaranda Smiles.
Oral Habit Management for Kids
Bad oral habits are very common in infants and young kids. But if they continue regularly, this behavior may affect jaw growth and bite formation. Early visits to Jacaranda Smiles will help stop these damaging habits by age 3 or younger. In our Plantation or Pembroke Pines dental offices, we provide a basket for binkies where kids can drop off their last pacifier and retrieve a prize.
Teeth grinding in young children typically do not continue into adulthood. Dr. Rene Landa will evaluate signs of wear on teeth and provide oral habit management in Plantation, FL when needed.
Tongue thrusting and/or abnormal tongue position can be assessed by Dr. Landa and the appropriate action, and oral habit management will be provided. Parent education is also an important component.
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Please discuss any concerns with Dr. Landa about your child’s oral habit during the next dental appointment. He can encourage your child to end the habit and talk about the impact of growing jaws and teeth if the problem continues. Appliance therapy may be offered to help stop destructive oral habits.
Dr. Milan Khakhria
Our orthodontist, Dr. Milan Khakhria (pronounced Ka-kria), was born and raised in Kenya, hence the safari theme of his office. At the age of 16, he went to England to complete his Dental degree from the University of Manchester Dental School. Before entering private practice in London, Dr. Khakhria also completed a one-year General Practice Residency. During this time in London, he met and married his lovely wife, Priti.