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Watch Out for These 3 Unhealthy Dental Habits in Children

September 16, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. Remmers @ 9:59 am

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As a parent, there’s a lot you have to watch out for when it comes to your little one’s dental health, from when their teeth first start to show up, to preparing for visits from the tooth fairy. Taking them to visit their children’s dentist in Louisville is a great way to make sure their teeth are coming in just fine. In between those appointments, however, it’s a good idea to watch out for these 3 bad habits. Continue reading to find out what they are, and how you and your kid’s dentist can put a stop to them.

Nursing Bottle Syndrome

Also referred to as baby bottle tooth decay, nursing bottle syndrome occurs when a baby sips sugary drinks like juice, milk, or formula from a bottle throughout the night. Because of the frequent exposure to high sugar content, bacteria in your little one’s mouth have ample time to cause harm to his or her gums and developing teeth.

The best way to combat this habit is to not let your son or daughter drink anything sugary at bedtime. Send them off the bed with a bottle of water instead.

Thumb Sucking

For babies and toddlers, thumb sucking is a perfectly normal and common habit. However, if it occurs past the age of five or so, it can cause problems such as:

  • Shifted teeth
  • Speech problems
  • Overbite

If your little one continues sucking their thumb past infancy, it may be because of an anxiety problem. In that case, it might be wise to see your child’s psychologist to deal with the heart of the matter. You could also place a fun bandage with their favorite cartoon character on their thumbs as a reminder to not place them in their mouth.

Tongue Thrusting

Tongue thrusting occurs when your child frequently pushes their tongue against the back of their front teeth, usually when swallowing. This can cause your kid’s front teeth to protrude outward. Since the teeth are no longer properly aligned, it can increase your child’s risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

Your best bet to fight this habit is to visit your dentist. They can present your son or daughter with an oral appliance that is worn on the upper teeth and part of the palate. This will keep the teeth firmly in place and prevent them from being pushed forward. However, it’s still crucial to clean under and around the device.

When you’re raising a child, there are a lot of things to watch out for when it comes to their dental health. If you need help kicking any of these habits, ask your kid’s dentist for advice.

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