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What To Do If A Child’s Tooth Is Growing In Crooked

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The approach for crooked teeth is different for baby teeth than it is for permanent teeth. If a child’s baby teeth come in crooked, this is not necessarily a sign that their permanent teeth will as well. The jaw changes so immensely in the early years of life that the permanent teeth will come in under entirely different conditions. It is best to speak to the dentist as we can sometimes help to encourage growth in the proper direction and decrease orthodontic treatment needed in the future. Permanent teeth are a different story as they come in as the jawbones begin to fuse. Crooked permanent adult teeth might require orthodontic treatment. Here’s how to handle it: Don’t Panic Most teeth come in a little crooked; this is a normal side effect of pushing out the baby teeth. In many cases, it will straighten out on its own. Note we said…


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Does Thumb Sucking Affect Teeth?

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Thumb sucking is a natural anxiety-management habit for children. Unfortunately, it also has effects on the teeth. Here are some of the effects that thumb sucking can have on your child’s mouth and tooth development, and how you can correct problems before they happen. The Delicate Bite From the eruption of permanent teeth to the fusing of the jaw around age 13 or 14, the bite is vulnerable. Thumb sucking is one of the many things that can cause problems at this crucial time. Thumb sucking can cause: Misalignment between top and bottom teeth. The mouth is not meant to be held in a half-open position for a long period of time. This can exhaust tendons and even pull the jaw joint out of position. Unfortunately, at this age, if the jaw is pulled out of position it will fuse that way, causing a permanent overbite or under bite. Slanted…


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