HEALTH & WELLNESS

Why is important to know if your child is snoring? Is their face developing correctly? Does their airway have the anatomical support needed? Why the initiative to create the Facial and Airway Development Center? Nothing is more beautiful than seeing your child grow, arising to new opportunities while maintaining their health. However, when your child […]

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SPECIALTIES OF: Pediatric Dental Medicine, Sleep Medicine & Orthodontics Dr. Rishita Jaju, specialist in pediatric dentistry gives Dr. Calkins and our community  her insight into the relationship between sleep-disordered breathing, pediatric dentistry and the specialty of orthodontics.

Craniofacial Orthopedics’ Role. As member of the Northern Virginia Airway Group, Dr. Calkins, Specialist in Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, focuses on the correct function, growth and development of the craniofacial complex. In Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), a decrease in the lumen of the upper airway happens during sleep. Children can have airflow limitations such as apnea, […]

The gradual wasting away of the body over the course of decades is not a necessary or normal component of aging. Rather, it is the natural outcome of a lifetime of unenlightened choices. Through unhealthy choices you may actually function and be aging biologically at the same level as someone 15-20 years older. The question […]

What is the connection with Early Orthopedic and/or Orthodontic Intervention? As parents we see our little ones with lips of her face separated at rest or while they sleep. The first indication of mouth breathing is when a child sleeps with unsealed lips, this is also associated with anterior tongue rest posture. Both positions soon […]

Dr. Rishita Jaju of Smile Wonders annually opens the doors of her Reston-area pediatric dental practice every February to host Give Kids a Smile® Day and to provide free dental care to those in need. This is one of the ways Smile Wonders provides community service and participates in Dental Awareness Month campaign held by […]

Do you hear your child snoring at night with pauses, snorts or gasps? Heavy Breathing while sleeping? Very restless sleep and sleeping in unusual positions? Does your child have shortness of breath? Daytime sleepiness or behavioral problems? Bed wetting (especially if your child previously stayed dry at night)? If any of the above symptoms describe […]

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the Standard of Care at Sunrise Orthodontics “Myo” is the medical prefix that stands for muscle. Orafacial Myofunctional Therapy, then, involves identifying and eliminating harmful habits or disorders relating to the muscles of the tongue, cheek, lips and jaw position. The therapy often is used in the correction of behavioral patterns, such as thumb-sucking. At […]