Certain oral health ailments that appear during your child’s growth and development could be red flags for poor oral health. It is necessary to seek the advice of a dentist if you notice these warning signals.
Nursing Bottle Syndrome: Also known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries, nursing bottle syndrome may result when a baby consistently takes in milk, formula, breast milk, fruit juice or sugar water — just about any liquid containing glucose. By way of instance, sleeping throughout the night with a bottle of fluid containing sugar increases the infant’s chances for developing caries. Sugar staying on the teeth may encourage growth of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, an abscessed tooth or infection that may spread to other regions of the human body. It isn’t necessarily the total amount of sugar that a baby is exposed to (though this plays an obvious role); instead, it’s the duration of time through which a baby’s teeth are exposed to glucose.
Dentists recommend that you give your baby a bottle of water or a pacifier instead of a sugary substance when your kid needs comfort and at bedtime. Stop using a jar and change into a “sippy cup” if your dentist recommends it — often by age one.
Decayed or Missing Baby Teeth: Baby teeth serve as a pattern for the placement of permanent teeth. Decayed or lost baby teeth may result in crooked or misaligned teeth that are permanent, which may, in turn, lead to a host of issues.
Children may have trouble chewing with jagged teeth. It might also be hard for a kid to maintain proper dental hygiene, fostering tooth decay, periodontal disease or early tooth loss. Misaligned teeth may also interfere with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the lower jaw to the skull. This disturbance might lead to pain and distress as an adult. Dentists can use space maintainers so that enclosing teeth stay in alignment and don’t become crooked.
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Thumb Sucking and Lip Sucking: Thumb sucking is a normal and healthy activity that provides comfort and security for a baby.
Nevertheless, thumb sucking after permanent teeth have erupted (usually by five decades old), can cause many issues. The child’s supporting bone structure may shift, causing misalignments from the jaw and roof of the mouth. Finally, the results of improper thumb sucking can affect speech, which makes it hard to pronounce certain words. The magnitude of damage to the mouth is dependent on the frequency and seriousness of thumb sucking.
A child sucking the lower lip either by using the upper teeth or through thumb sucking may face the very same problems as a thumb sucker. Also, when teething, babies will often put their fingers in their mouth.
Normally, children stop lip and thumb sucking by age five. Otherwise, reward your child while he or she doesn’t thumb or lip suck. Thumb sucking is meant to provide relaxation and can be indicative of an underlying problem your child is coping with. Attempt to understand the problem prompting your kids to suck on their thumb or lip, and you might have the ability to correct the underlying problem.
Tongue Thrusting: Tongue thrusting is a condition due as a result of the chronic pressing of their tongue against the lips using a force that may result in the protrusion of teeth. Speech pathologists will help change your child’s swallowing pattern and build on the chewing muscles to prevent tongue thrusting, averting long-term dental problems.
Poor Nutrition: Choose fruits and vegetables for snacks, including melons, pears, celery and cucumbers. Limit sugary, sticky foods such as raisins, granola bars, jelly beans and syrup. If you provide sugary, sticky snacks, then do this only after a meal. Normally saliva flow increases after foods, making it easier to wash off sugary, sticky foods debris.
Always clean teeth after every snack or meal. Give your child water as often as possible. Do not offer sugared gum; instead, choose sugar-free or xylitol-sweetened gum.
Oral Health of the Parents: When a child’s parents suffer from oral diseases such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, then the child faces a heightened probability of serious oral wellness issues. Compounds in the parent’s mouth could be moved into the kid’s mouth when giving ideas, sharing food, etc.
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