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Today I am welcoming Dr. Svetlana Usherenko, an expert in airways dentistry for both children and adults. Dr. Usherenko is here to discuss how the airway can affect the growth and development of our children and how airway health supports a healthy life.

When her eldest son began having issues with allergies, blocked sinuses, and underperforming at school, Dr. Usherenko began looking into what could possibly be causing this disruption in his life. The real wake up call came when his allergies suddenly left him temporarily deaf. This led to a realization that her whole family had compromised airway issues.

Genetics definitely plays a large role in having compromised airways, but it isn’t the only factor. Our environment, diet, and even how we move can impact our airways. Breathing is a large part of the overall puzzle that creates our health and wellness picture, but we have to look at every little piece to know the full story.

Dr. Usherenko believes in patient education and for patients being their own advocates when it comes to their health. If you aren’t happy with answers you are or aren’t getting, look elsewhere. There is no one answer when it comes to airway health; it needs to be a collaborative approach between disciplines and specialists to complete that puzzle. Do not be afraid to ask questions.

If you have concerns about your children, there are some basic things you can look for. Can your child breathe through their nose at all times? Is it hard for them to eat and breathe at the same time? Sometimes behavior can be a factor, and often sleep problems can be behind it.

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