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Thumb Sucking: A Most Common Habit

What's the most common thing nearly half of American toddlers do when they're tired, relaxing, sleeping, or being scolded? They suck their thumbs! Thumb-sucking is the earliest and most common habit among children. It's nothing for parents to worry about—unless the habit persists. Only after age four does thumb-sucking threaten to damage children's teeth Some thumb-suckers simply rest the thumb in the mouth, sucking only at certain times. Others work at the habit and can displace teeth severely. If, when you remove the thumb from your child's mouth you hear a "popping," it signals a great deal of pressure on the teeth that may cause an overbite or underbite. If the child is over four, you may want to discuss [...]

By |2021-02-20T17:20:38+00:00April 20th, 2021|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Thumb Sucking: A Most Common Habit

Lend Baby Teeth a Hand

Here today...gone too soon. Don't neglect baby teeth because the health of their replacements is right beneath the surface. Caring for your child's baby teeth lays a foundation for a lifetime of oral health, so teach good dental hygiene habits while the child is very young. Before the first teeth begin to surface, rub baby's gums with a clean, damp wash cloth after every feeding. Continue as the teeth emerge until baby is old enough to hold a toothbrush. Teach your children how to brush, and encourage them as they do. Teach them when to brush, after every meal and snack. Break the thumb-sucking habit before the child's fifth birthday, if possible. Encourage a taste for healthful snacks and meals. [...]

By |2019-04-24T13:31:57+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Children's Dentistry|Comments Off on Lend Baby Teeth a Hand