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HealthyStart Hawaii

Start Your Child Off Right

family at beachWhile exercise, proper nutrition and plenty of sleep are essential for children, we offer a way for them to get off to a good start when it comes to their oral health.

At Premier Dental Group HI, we are pleased to provide HealthyStart, an advanced orthodontic/orthopedic appliance that is similar to a sports mouthguard. The device is used to straighten a child’s teeth and guide the growth of the top and bottom jaw. Crowding issues, snoring and breathing difficulties are also addressed with the appliance.

Features of HealthyStart

This noninvasive appliance is:

  • Free of BPA, silicone and latex
  • FDA-cleared
  • Safe
  • Pain-free
  • Effective

Dr. Kawasugi’s Son’s Experience

“With my oldest son, who was a snorer, we used a combination of braces and the HealthyStart system. He had a lot of crowding and was unable to breathe through his nose well, so he was a mouth breather. Additionally, he would always get colds and strep throat. Once we started treatment and getting things opened up for him, it made a night and day difference in his sleep. HealthyStart allows me to help many children, in the same way, I helped my son.”

Health Conditions Related to Sleep Issues

Many conditions such as ADD, ADHD, night terrors, bed-wetting and even diabetes are linked with inadequate sleep. Our goal is to lower kids’ risk for these things and get them on the right track.

What Is Involved in Getting HealthyStart?

Dr. Kawasugi will give your child a questionnaire so he can determine what specific sleep-related problems your child is experiencing. Next, he will perform an exam to identify any growth and development issues in the mouth. He then would discuss his findings with you and explain what HealthyStart can do. The process is similar to the first phase of orthodontic treatment. Though it may not necessarily replace orthodontics, we can reduce the amount of future orthodontic treatment. Your child may never even need orthodontics again but if they do it will be less invasive.

Length of Treatment

Primarily worn at night, the HealthyStart device has a loose fit and is meant to help a child sleep. The average treatment time is 8-12 months but depending on a variety of factors such as severity, age, growth and development stage, it could be longer. The recommended age really is the earlier the better. The optimal window is when the HealthyStart system can guide growth and development of both teeth and jaws into the most ideal position. In some cases, HealthyStart will be recommended for toddlers.

If you think your child could benefit from HealthyStart, please contact us today to book a consultation!

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