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Pull Out The Paci! Dental Dangers Of Ongoing Pacifier Use

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pull Out The Paci! Dental Dangers Of Ongoing Pacifier Use

As a parent, you most likely understand the importance of your child’s overall health. From creating well-balanced meals and encouraging outdoor play to regular pediatric exams, these tasks are necessary for your child’s underlying physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough emphasis on your child’s oral development. Considering most of your child’s baby teeth erupt between the ages of 4 and 12 months, ensuring they develop in an aligned, healthy manner is smart. Of course, certain habits and conditions may cause your child’s teeth to erupt unnaturally. If your child is currently using a pacifier, they may be increasing their risk of future dental issues. Using this guide, you will understand the dental dangers of long-term pacifier use and learn the best options for weaning your child. Dental Damage It is common for a newborn baby to comfort themselves with a pacifier, but it should only be an option during the first few months. To avoid the following dental issues, your child should not use their pacifier after 2 years of age: Jaw Alignment Issues – Using a pacifier can create alignment issues with your child’s bite. Alignment issues not only affect your child’s appearance, but they can also cause discomfort in the jaw and issues with their speech. Buck Teeth – Extended use of a pacifier may cause your child’s front teeth to protrude. Known as “buck teeth,” this condition requires orthodontic treatment to repair. Mouth Discomfort – While surprising to hear, sucking on a pacifier may cause the gums and roof of the mouth to become tender, red, and swollen. This irritation can be uncomfortable for adults, but even more painful for children. Tooth Decay – If you are one of the many parents who dip their child’s pacifier in sugary treats such as syrup, ice cream, or soda, you are increasing their risk of cavities and tooth decay. Weaning your Child off the Paci One of the best ways to ensure your child is not dependent on their pacifier is to break them of the habit early, but this should be easy since many children lose interest on their own. However, if your child doesn’t lose interest, weaning your child off their paci is possible using a few simple solutions. To get started, ask your child if they would like to donate their pacifier to a baby who is younger and is in need of a soothing to help them sleep. Your child will most likely love helping out a younger child, so spend this quality time together cleaning and packing their pacifier up for shipment in the mail. If your child does not agree to donating, offer a healthier replacement. Here are a few options that may soothe your child without causing damage to their teeth: Stuffed Animal or Toy – Allow your child to cuddle up with a new stuffed animal or favorite toy. As long as they are not chewing or sucking on the item, it is a healthier alternative to the pacifier. Music – Playing soft lullabies or classical music before bed can calm your child, inducing sleepiness and relaxation without their use of a pacifier. Routine – Be sure to set and follow a nightly routine. Bathing, wearing clean, warm sleepwear, and reading is a soothing routine...

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How To Help Your Child Avoid Cavities When They Have A Cleft Palate

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Help Your Child Avoid Cavities When They Have A Cleft Palate

If you have a child with a cleft palate, then your son or daughter will likely need to go through a reconstructive surgery. This will involve plastic surgery to repair the opening along the palate. Most children have surgery to correct the issue within the first few years of life. However, if your child has a respiratory or heart condition, then the reconstruction may be put off until your child is older. If this is the case for your son or daughter, then you need to work diligently to make sure that oral health conditions do not arise. Keep reading to find out about salivary gland problems, how these issues can cause cavities, and what you can do to prevent problems.  Salivary Gland Problems Many children who have cleft palates also have dry mouths. Dry mouth conditions occur for a variety of reasons. Breathing problems may cause your child to open their mouth to breathe easier and this will dry it out. Also, the palate that sits across the upper part of the mouth may result in damage to some of the salivary glands. The mouth contains a wide variety of these glands, and the major ones produce the most fluids that enter the mouth. These glands sit in the soft tissues of the cheeks and under the tongue. The glands that sit towards the back of the mouth are connected to a duct that releases fluids through the upper palate. This duct may be damaged or even missing in your child’s mouth. Also, the lips, inner cheeks, and palate contain minor salivary glands. These glands do not produce as much saliva, but missing glands, like the ones along the palate, may lead to dry mouth issues. A dry mouth can lead to increased bacterial activity around the teeth and eventually cavities will appear. This happens because the fluids are responsible for clearing both the food and the bacteria away from the teeth.  Provide Fluids To reduce cavity concerns for your child, make sure to provide them with plenty of fluids to help with the cleaning, rinsing, and flushing of the mouth. The best fluid for this is water, but you can provide your child with tooth healthy milk and unsweetened tea as well a few times a day. Since your child may have difficulty drinking from a regular cup due to swallowing issues, think about providing water in a sippy cup or a cup with a spout or a flexible straw. Just make sure that stoppers and valves are removed from these devices, because your child will not be able to suck out the fluid without forcing water and other liquids up through the nasal cavity. Also, make sure caps are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after use. This is wise, because the small straws and spouts will collect debris and bacteria. This can result in your child forcing this bacteria back into the mouth when the unclean cup is used. To sanitize cups, fill your sink with warm water and add about two tablespoons of bleach. Place the cups in the solution to soak for about 15 minutes and rinse them thoroughly afterwards. Offer Tooth Strengthening Foods Another good way to help prevent the formation of cavities is to offer your child foods that strengthen the teeth. These foods also need to be soft, since the cleft...

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5 Things Menopausal Women Need to Know About Dry Mouth

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things Menopausal Women Need to Know About Dry Mouth

Menopause is a natural process, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy and comfortable. When your estrogen and progesterone levels fall, a lot of changes happen in your body. Your mouth is also affected by your changing hormone levels, and as you enter menopause, you may find that your mouth feels uncomfortably dry frequently. Here’s what you need to know about this uncomfortable condition. What is dry mouth? Dry mouth is much more than just an occasional feeling of thirst; it’s a chronic problem caused by low saliva production. Aside from the dry feeling inside your mouth, you’ll also suffer from symptoms such as bad breath and trouble chewing or speaking. You may also have bad breath, and your saliva may feel uncomfortably stringy. Drinking water will make your mouth feel better for a while, but the uncomfortably dry feeling will keep coming back. What are the complications of dry mouth? Saliva helps to keep your mouth clean by washing food and bacteria off of your teeth and gums, and it also coats your teeth to protect them from acidic foods and drinks. Without enough saliva, your teeth and gums won’t be as clean, and will be more vulnerable to acid attacks, so you may suffer from complications like tooth decay, enamel erosion, or gum disease. These complications are serious, and preventing them by getting treatment for your dry mouth is important. How does menopause cause dry mouth? When you enter menopause, your body stops making as much estrogen. It’s common knowledge that estrogen is a female sex hormone, but surprisingly, it has impacts outside of your reproductive system. Estrogen sends signals to your salivary glands and helps to regulate your saliva production, and when you have less estrogen, your body makes less saliva. Studies have shown that post-menopausal women make less saliva than pre-menopausal women do, and this is because of the role of estrogen. How common is dry mouth during menopause? Dry mouth is a very common problem during menopause. Studies have shown that it affects about one-quarter of women during this time. While it’s very common, it isn’t harmless and needs to be treated. Dry mouth is a common problem for women during menopause, so if you feel thirsty very frequently, your falling estrogen levels may be to blame. Dry mouth can lead to lots of other problems like cavities, gum disease, and enamel erosion, so if you’re suffering from this problem, make sure to see your dentist right away for treatment. Are there any treatments available? There are many treatments available for dry mouth. If you have very severe dry mouth or are having a lot of other menopause symptoms, your doctor may recommend taking hormone replacement drugs. Hormone replacement drugs replace your missing estrogen and progesterone and can help ease your symptoms, but these drugs can have unpleasant side effects. Your dentist can help ease your symptoms of dry mouth without the need to take hormone replacement drugs. Your dentist may recommend remedies like chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugar-free candies to help stimulate your saliva flow. There are also products like dry mouth toothpaste or dry mouth mouthwash available on the market, and your dentist can recommend a good one.  Artificial saliva is another option. This product is sprayed into your mouth...

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Got Dentures? Natural Cleaning Solutions For Your New Smile

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Got Dentures? Natural Cleaning Solutions For Your New Smile

The overall look of your smile is most likely important to you, but placing emphasis on the underlying health and function of your mouth, teeth, and gums is imperative. Exams and annual cleanings are essential, and further treatment may be necessary if you have lost one or more teeth due to decay or an accident. Considering 15 percent of people with missing teeth wear dentures, you can rest easy in knowing you are not alone if you learn you need dentures. Of course, proper cleaning and maintenance is necessary for protecting your smile’s investment. Using this guide, you can clean your dentures in a natural, non-toxic manner. Warm Water One of the benefits of wearing dentures is the ability to remove them easily for cleaning. This prevents food particles and bacteria from building up on your dentures and causing discoloration and permanent staining. Wash and dry your hands to ensure they are clean. Place a few clean paper towels on a flat surface. After your meal, remove the dentures and rinse under your sink faucet using warm water. Do not use hot water to rinse. Higher temperatures may warp the dentures, resulting in an expensive replacement. Place the dentures on the paper towels to drain the excess water. While the dentures are drying, brush your tongue and remaining teeth. Rinse using your favorite mouthwash before reinserting your dentures. Rinsing your dentures after every meal will prevent heavy buildup and discoloration. Baking Soda Visit your local retailer and you will see a large selection of solutions to soak your dentures. While effective, baking soda is a gentler, less expensive option. Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, creates a bubbling, fizzing sensation when it combines with water. This bubbling will dissolve away food particles and tough debris from your dentures. Add the following ingredients to a glass: 1 cup of water 1 teaspoon of baking soda Mix to dissolve the baking soda into the water. Place your dentures in the glass and soak overnight. In the morning, rinse with warm water before placing in your mouth. White Vinegar Your mouth may play home to an estimated 700 different strains of bacteria, which will easily build up on your dentures. While cleaning them after eating and soaking at night is helpful, using an antibacterial cleanser is smart. White vinegar is natural and gentle, but it is also an effective ingredient for killing bacteria due to its acidic properties. To rid your dentures of surface debris and harmful bacteria, use the following soaking solution: 1 cup of water 1 cup of white vinegar Mix and place your dentures in the solution to soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Due to the acidic nature of vinegar, do not soak the dentures for an excessive amount of time. After soaking, rinse using warm water. Place on a few clean paper towels to dry. Use this time to brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. Stain Removal Even with daily cleanings and proper upkeep, certain foods, beverages, and habits can discolor your dentures. Limit or avoid soda, juice, tea, wine, coffee, and tobacco products to reduce your risk of stains. However, if you notice discoloration, consider these natural stain removers: Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide Mix – In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with...

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Fighting For White: What Side Are You On In The Enamel War?

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fighting For White: What Side Are You On In The Enamel War?

With such a media focus today on the color of the nation’s teeth, you may find yourself unhappy when you peer into your bathroom mirror for a look at your own. The enamel on the surface of your teeth is one of your best friends–yet you may have become its enemy without even realizing it. The fact of the matter is, you may have more control over the color of your teeth than you think. Read on to find out about the weapons you may–knowingly or unknowingly–be wielding against your teeth. Why is enamel important? The enamel on the surface of your teeth is made up of minerals, chiefly one called hydroxyapatite. Enamel is the strongest material in your body, and rightly so, for it protects your teeth from decay and breakage. It cannot be regenerated, so once it’s gone, it’s gone. Weapons in the enamel war Enamel enemies assail teeth with a wide variety of weapons. Food Sugary and acidic foods. There’s actually no such thing as a sweet tooth, because sugar is a terrible foe of enamel. In fact, both sugary and acidic foods combine with your saliva to create a substance that wears it away. Hard candy. Candy is a threat to enamel as well, but not primarily because of its sugar content. Biting hard candy can result in chips on the surface of your teeth. Chromogens. You may think you’ve never eaten a chromogen, but you’d be wrong. These are substances found in red wine, berries, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, and red pasta sauces. Chromogens produce pigment that sticks to the surface of your teeth. Lemonade. You’re probably realizing about now that you’ve put your poor teeth under friendly fire many times by drinking this common summertime refreshment. The high contents of both sugar and lemon are a double-barrel dose of both sugar and acid. Energy and sports drinks. Maybe you skip coffee and tea because you know they are “no-brainer” teeth stainers, but instead chug sports or energy drinks. Your teeth are cringing just the same, as both these types of drinks also erode tooth enamel. Medications While medication is essential to cure what’s going on inside your body, your mouth comes under assault when you take certain ones. Antibiotics. You may remember the hoopla years ago over the antibiotic tetracycline and its yellowing effect on children’s teeth, but today’s doxycycline and minocycline do the same in pre-adolescents and pregnant women. While these medications are commonly used for treating acne and bacterial infections, don’t store the leftovers and pop them for colds or the flu.  Antihistamines. Antihistamines may calm your itchy nose and eyes but take aim at your tooth enamel. There isn’t yet a medical explanation for this, so just be aware and avoid overusing them. Cough syrup. Your teeth cringe when you swig cough syrup during a midnight hack attack and then fall back asleep. The sweet syrup seeps right into your enamel, so if you need to quiet your cough, get up and brush your teeth as well. Are you an enamel enemy? If so, put away your weapons and sign a teeth treaty with your mouth. While you don’t have to swear off strawberries and lemonade altogether, make sure to brush right after eating or drinking foods that are harmful....

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Dental Therapy Dogs Help Patients Relax At The Clinic

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Dentists are always looking for ways to relieve patient anxiety and fear. A strategy that is just starting to take hold involves having a therapy dog or two at the clinic to help keep patients — especially kids — calm and relaxed.  It’s unclear how this practice began, and whether the first dogs brought to a dental clinic were intended to be therapy dogs or not. For example, a dentist in California says she originally brought her pet along to work because she didn’t want to leave the dog home alone after adopting it from a shelter. In contrast, the staff at a pediatric dental clinic in Arizona raised two dogs there to provide companionship for the kids.  How the Strategy Works Dental clinics with therapy dogs use a variety of methods. They might have the dog at the clinic most of the time or only bring it in one or two days a week. Patients are informed ahead of time about the canine companion so they have the option of scheduling an appointment when the dog is there, or coming on a different day if they aren’t comfortable with dogs.  One therapy method involves letting patients who are undergoing treatment pet the dog or have it sit on their lap. Another involves keeping the animal in a designated area where pediatric patients can play with it before their appointment.  Children who love dogs and are scared of dental appointments will likely feel calmer and distracted in a positive way when they undergo treatment at one of these clinics. If they can pet a dog while they’re having a cavity filled, for example, they may sit more quietly and relax. The presence of the animal takes the child’s mind off the procedure. Kids who previously were anxious about coming to a dental clinic now may actually look forward to their next appointment. Instead of telling everyone about the scary time they had at the clinic, they talk about the dog.  Relevant Research Although research has not focused on canines in dental clinics, studies on pet therapy in hospital settings verify the benefits. For instance, a study published in 2009 found significant advantages for patients receiving pet therapy. They experienced: reduced pain improved mood decreased anxiety higher energy levels and increased activity Research published in 2012 found overwhelming support from patients for the presence of a therapy dog in the emergency department.  Characteristics of Dental Therapy Dogs You can count on dogs at a dentists clinic to have certain characteristics. Some of these include: an easygoing temperament an outgoing and friendly personality a calm demeanor that is not ruffled by anxious patients, numerous children or unexpected noises Some dental clinic canines have completed therapy dog training or have already worked as therapy dogs in other situations. They may have previous experience such as visiting elderly residents of nursing homes or children in a hospital. Their owners make sure the pets are clean and up to date on vaccinations. Considerations The dogs are only allowed in treatment rooms where the environment doesn’t have to be sterile. The dentist will have contacted the appropriate organizations, such as the local health department and the province’s dental regulatory authority, to make sure having a dog in the clinic is OK.  What This Means for You Since...

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Dentures And Dry Mouth: A Bad Mix

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Some people with dentures never have a single problem with these teeth, but others do, and one of these problems is caused by dry mouth, or xerostomia. Xerostomia affects approximately 25% of seniors, and it does not mix well with dentures. If you’re having problems with your dentures because you have dry mouth, here are three things you should know. The Causes of Xerostomia Xerostomia is a condition that can affect anyone; however, it primarily affects seniors and can be caused by a number of things. If you can determine what is causing your dry mouth, you could get the problem treated. Without treating the underlying cause of the problem, you may never find relief, so this is very important. Xerostomia causes your mouth to be dry because your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva. Saliva is important for your mouth for numerous reasons. It not only keeps your mouth clean, but saliva is also vital to help you eat and talk. The number one cause of xerostomia is medication. Because many seniors take various types of medication for health problems, they tend to suffer from dry mouth more often than younger people. Other causes of xerostomia include: Diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and Parkinson’s Nerve damage in your mouth or surrounding area Smoking and other types of tobacco use If your doctor can determine the cause of your dry mouth, you might have a better chance of finding relief for it through treatment of the underlying condition. How This Affects Dentures Dentures can be uncomfortable to wear if they do not fit exactly right, but they can also be uncomfortable if there is not enough saliva in your mouth. Your saliva lubricates the dentures and actually helps them stay in place. When you do not have enough of it, you may develop sores in your mouth. This occurs because the denture plates rub against your gums. Without saliva, this rubbing can be very abrasive and can irritate the gums to the point where they may start bleeding, or they may end up with cuts, scrapes, and open wounds. The only true way to relieve these problems is to treat the xerostomia, but that can sometimes be difficult to do. Things That May Help The first step is to make sure you visit your dentist regularly to ensure that your dentures fit properly. If your dentures need to be adjusted, this could help decrease the symptoms of dry mouth. You should also make sure you clean your mouth and dentures every day because good oral habits are also important. If the medication you are taking is the culprit that is causing this problem, your doctor might be able to adjust it or switch it to a different type. There are many types of medications available that do not cause dry mouth, but it may take trial and error to find the right types and dosages. In addition to this, there are steps you can take at home to help reduce the symptoms of dry mouth, including: Stay hydrated – Make sure you drink plenty of fluids each day because dehydration can also lead to dry mouth. Suck on mints – Sucking on candies or mints and chewing gum can also help with this because your salivary glands may...

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3 People You Need To Meet Before Deciding On A Dentist

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you are looking for a new dentist, you are probably most concerned with finding a dentist that is easy to talk to and who you feel like you can trust. While your relationship with your dentist is important, there are several other people in the office that you should also meet before making a final decision about your long-term dental provider. If your dentist has a small practice with a single examination room, then you do not need to be as concerned about the staff that he or she employs. However, if your dentist utilizes two or more exam chairs, the following three people may end up being more important than your actual dentist.  Dental Assistant Dental assistants are an integral part of your examination. They prepare materials, begin your examination, and assist the dentist during complex procedures such as root canals. They are also responsible for cleaning equipment and setting up examination rooms before your appointment. Usually, a dentist has one or more assistants working in their office, but not all assistants are equal. With all of the important work that assistants can complete, you would think that they are closely regulated. However, in Canada, only 74% of registered dental assistants are certified. If your dentist works with a certified dental assistant, it is likely that the assistant will be able to complete more of your examination, which can reduce the time you spend in the dental office. It is also more likely that your dental assistant has more formal training, not only in dentistry, but also in patient psychology, which can help set you at ease during procedures.  Dental Hygienist  Your hygienist is obviously responsible for cleaning your teeth. However, in most modern practices, they are also the person who will listen to your complaints and collect your dental history. An efficient dental hygienist will have a clear understanding of your current status by the time the dentist reaches your exam room. In fact, if your teeth are healthy, you will probably spend much more time with your hygienist than your actual dentist.  Since your hygienist will explain many aspects of routine home dental care, you should find one that speaks in plain, simple language and is able to clearly demonstrate cleaning procedures. You should feel comfortable enough with your hygienist to demonstrate how you brush your teeth in front of him or her so they can give you feedback and help you find the most effective cleaning methods for your mouth.  Receptionist You may not think of the receptionist as the most important person in a dental office, but he or she can play an important role in your dental care. You should look for a receptionist who listens to patients as they make appointments and will work to get you an appointment that fits your needs. Many receptionists simply fill in available appointments, without taking your current symptoms into consideration. A great receptionist will be able to detect when you are in pain and get you in to see your dental team sooner. This may mean that he or she has to call other patients are rearrange your dentist’s schedule a bit. Also, a knowledgeable receptionist should have experience with filing insurance claims. Although you are ultimately responsible for finding out which treatments are covered...

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Dental Phobia: What You Should Know

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Does the thought of going to the dentist make you nervous? If so, you may have dental phobia. To learn about this problem, read on. This article will give you the information you need to determine if you have dental phobia and what you can do about it. Dental Phobia Vs. Dental Anxiety Most people experience dental anxiety from time to time. It is normal to feel a bit nervous before a dental appointment, especially when having wisdom teeth extracted or a root canal done. However, if your fear goes deeper than that, you likely have dental phobia. Below are some signs of dental phobia: Experiencing physical symptoms when thinking about going to the dentist (such as a racing heart, sweating, or shaking) Avoiding going to the dentist at all costs, even when you experience tooth pain or gum problems Dreading any dental appointment you have set up, to the point where you strongly consider canceling  If these symptoms apply to you, it is important to work at overcoming your dental phobia. If you avoid going to the dentist, you won’t be able to catch and resolve dental problems early on. This can lead to a host of dental problems from escalating tooth pain to missing teeth. You may even lose self-esteem if your teeth don’t look as good as they once did. How To Overcome Dental Phobia Part of overcoming any phobia involves exposing yourself to the thing you fear. But this doesn’t mean that you should immediately schedule yourself for an anxiety-provoking dental procedure. Instead, you should take small steps leading up to your ultimate goal. For example, you may try the following steps: Drive by the dental office of your choice. Call the dental office to ask any questions you have. Visit the office to speak with the dentist and staff. Use this visit to get more comfortable with the office’s environment and people. Schedule an appointment for something simple, like a checkup for example. Work your way up to a dental procedure if one is needed. When performing these steps, you will need to make sure you feel comfortable with the dental office staff. If they seem dismissive of your dental phobia, you may want to look for a different dental office. Further, if you need additional help overcoming dental phobia, you may want to consider seeing a psychologist who specializes in CBT. CBT has been shown to have a 75% success rate in helping people overcome specific phobias. Additional Coping Techniques In addition to taking gradual steps to overcoming dental phobia, you will also want to learn coping techniques to reduce any anxiety you feel. Below are some ideas for reducing anxiety before and during a dentist trip: Before The Dentist Visit: You may try scheduling your dentist visit early in the day. This way, you will have less time in the day to anticipate it and will be less likely to cancel. The night and morning before your appointment, try taking a warm bath or practicing deep breathing exercises to relax better. During The Dentist Visit: During the appointment, you will want to find ways to distract yourself from anxiety. For example, if you enjoy music, you may bring a music player with you to listen to during it. You may also want to practice...

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Understanding Thumb-Sucking And How It Will Affect Your Child’s Teeth

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are a parent of a baby, you will find out that everyone will quickly offer you their opinion on everything that you need to do to raise your child. One of the things that most people have a very strong opinion about is whether or not thumb sucking will affect your child’s permanent teeth. Not only will they tell you what they think about this, but they will give you tons of ways to break your child from this habit. When should you worry, and what should you do? Read on for more information. Why Do Babies Suck Their Thumbs? Thumb sucking is a natural motion for babies. It is not only seen in human babies, but can be found in other primates such as chimpanzees, and Lemurs. Some babies can even be seen sucking their thumb, even while they are still in the uterus. Once born, the natural instinct of sucking is the way that they will seek nutrition, no matter if they are bottle- or breast-fed. They will often satisfy their urge to suck by using anything that comes near their mouths. This is usually their hands, fingers, or other things that you give them such as a pacifier. They often use this habit to soothe, or even to entertain themselves. While this urge will continue to decrease in most children as they age, it can take some children longer than others. How Long Is Too Long When It Comes To Thumb Sucking? Most children will break themselves from this habit way before it becomes a problem. Most dentists will advise that it is not concerning as long as it is not a habit after they reach the age that they begin to lose their baby teeth. Once these teeth are lost, permanent teeth begin to erupt, and any unnatural pressure that is applied during this time can lead not only to dental problems, but extensive dental work in the future. Dental Problems Caused By Thumb-Sucking A malocclusion, or the misalignment of your child’s dental arches, can easily be caused by thumb-sucking. One of the most common one of these is the development of buck teeth, or an labial flare of the anterior teeth. Having buck teeth can often set your child up for a world of teasing and bullying. While this is often a difficult condition to address, it can be corrected through orthodontics, and cosmetic dentistry. Thumb-sucking can also cause your child’s front teeth to not be able to fully erupt. This is most commonly referred to as an open bite. Not only can this affect your child’s smile, and their self-esteem, it can create lisping, or other speech related issues. This can usually also be treated with orthodontics, although severe cases may require some type of surgery. If your child continues to suck their thumb, it can cause their palate of their mouth to be pushed upwards. This can also cause major speech issues. Depending on the severity of this condition, surgery, or extensive time spent in various dental appliances may be required before you are able to see any improvement in your child’s condition. Misaligned teeth, and deformities of your child’s mouth may also lead to problems eating, along with problems with oral communication. If severe, they can even present problems...

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