“Just because it’s common doesn’t mean that it’s normal.”
– Dr. David Ramirez
Dr. David Ramirez on the Evolution of Pediatric Dentistry
This week on Vivos Voices, we visited with Dr. David Ramirez, a talented pediatric dentist and trained Vivos Integrated Provider (VIP).
He described how many children develop habits early on to comfort themselves. This can include thumb sucking or using soothing objects such as a pacifier. Unfortunately, this, along with a decrease in the average amount of time babies spend breastfeeding in the western world, can lead to improper growth of the mandible and maxilla.
Seeing this pattern develop first-hand, Dr. Ramirez concluded that “just because it’s common doesn’t mean that it’s normal.”
This hit close to home, as Dr. Ramirez’s seven-year-old had his tonsils removed, which led to weight gain and didn’t seem to solve the root of the problem. He then realized that there might be better alternatives to surgery. He began understanding the connection between sleep and airway and eventually found Vivos Therapeutics, Inc.
Dr. Ramirez integrated The Vivos System into his dental practice “because there’s many undiagnosed conditions that affect children early on. We’re able to diagnose these conditions, sleep airway issues, and provide relief for our patients.”
So, I’m a pediatric dentist, and, uh, we stay super busy with all the kids that we see. And, uh, you know, a lot of kiddos as they’re growing, they’ll have such habits as sucking their thumb or, uh, pacifier use, and this can, uh, affect the way that they, their jaws grow. And when they, there’s improper growth of the jaws and it, it affects their, their rest and their, their sleeping and, and as a father of a seven-year old, uh, I’ve seen that firsthand. We had his tonsils out in his airway, completely different. Gain weight immediately afterwards so if, if there’s other tools available that where we can enhance lives of young kids, uh, I’m all for it. So as a pediatric dentist, uh, we have kiddos that come in who aren’t sleeping well. Uh, and there could be a number of reasons for that, but I believe that, uh, Vivos is one of the ways that we can help manage a child’s, uh, growth of their jaws early on so it, so they can have a, so they can develop properly and grow the way they need to. Just because it’s common doesn’t mean that it’s, uh, normal. I’m interested in implementing Vivos into my dental practice because there’s many undiagnosed conditions that affect children, uh, early on. We’re able to diagnose these conditions—sleep, airway issues—and, and provide relief for our patients.