The Effects Of Nail Biting On Your Teeth

Effects of biting nails Bowling Green KYWhether you’re stressed, excited or bored, biting nails is a very common habit among kids and adults of all ages. Although it is more common among children ages 10 to 18, studies have shown that 30% of children and 15% of adults are nail biters. The good news is that most people drop the habit by age 30.

If you haven’t dropped your nail chewing habit or have concerns about its effect on your teeth, here are a few reasons you may want to stop: Read More

How Your Orthodontist Identifies and Treats Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Does your child seem drowsy during the day? Does he or she snore or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? Your little one may have Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a chronic condition wherein breathing stops periodically during sleep because soft tissue is relaxing and obstructing the airway. These periodic stops can happen as many as 20-30 times in an hour, preventing oxygen from reaching the brain and subsequently waking up your child so that they restart proper breathing. All that waking up can leave one pretty sleepy the next day – even if they don’t remember waking up!

Untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can affect school work and overall alertness as well as raise your child’s risk of serious health problems down the road. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (ENTs) sleep disordered breathing affects approximately 12 percent of children.

Luckily, sleep apnea is easily treatable. It just needs to be diagnosed. That’s where Dr. Drobocky can partner with you, as parents. If your child has any of the following symptoms, bring them to see us for a free consultation and sleep apnea test.

Here’s what to look for:

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping (tossing and turning or night sweats)
  • Loud snoring at night
  • Waking up at night short of breath
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Chronic mouth breathing during sleep
  • Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
  • Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
  • Changes in mood, misbehaviour or decline in school performance
  • Hyperactivity or inattention (in some cases children who are diagnosed with ADHD are actually not hyperactive but rather are showing clinical symptoms of pediatric OSA).

Here’s what is causing it:

Children often have narrow upper jaws, which restricts the nasal airway… one of the most significant contributing factors to pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. Early orthodontic treatment to expand the palate is a common strategy in growing children and may prevent sleep apnea but also extraction of healthy teeth as straightening your child’s smile becomes a priority.

Orthodontists are leading specialists in spotting Sleep Apnea early because of our familiarity and expertise working with the soft tissue in children’s mouths. In addition, Drobocky Orthodontics is the only practice in town to use a i-CAT technology to precisely measure your child’s airway to confirm a diagnosis.

While Sleep Apnea can have serious side effects, it’s very easily treatable. The most important thing you can do is pay attention and have your child evaluated. If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms please come in for a complimentary consultation. We can help with a treatment plan to make sure your kids are sleeping soundly!


At Drobocky Orthodontics, we make orthodontic treatment affordable by offering multiple payment options including full payment discounts, no-interest payment program, family discounts, and we accept direct payment from most insurance carriers.

Give us a call or click below for complimentary consultation:

Bowling Green: (270) 843-8556
Glasgow: (270) 651-6862
Franklin: (270) 586-7444

We look forward to meeting you!

Is Your Mouth Getting Enough Vitamins And Minerals?

Vitamins for oral health Bowling Green KYJust like your body, your teeth also require just the right amount of vitamins and minerals to maintain the great benefits of good oral health throughout your life.

At Drobocky Orthodontics, our goal is to educate our patients on all aspects of health to maintain healthy teeth and gums. To make the most of your orthodontic treatment and get the end result you want in both appearance and function, be sure to eat healthy foods during treatment. This includes foods rich in the following vitamins and minerals and not hard or sticky which can damage your braces and wires:Read More

Gum Disease – Myths Busted

Gum Disease Bowling Green KYWe’ve all heard of gum disease, but what do you really know? Many people think they know all about gum disease, but not everything we hear or read is correct. To help bridge the gap between fact and fiction, here are 5 myths about gum periodontal disease, its causes, and treatments, debunked.

Bleeding gums are not that big of a deal

One important sign of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is red, swollen and bleeding gums. This is typically noticed when brushing, flossing, or eating certain foods. If you experience any of these symptoms during any of the mentioned activities, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to be evaluated by your dentist for periodontal disease.Read More