Showing posts from August, 2018
The Effects of Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers – updated 2018August 15, 2018
It’s common for babies and children to suck on their thumbs, fingers, or a pacifier. This is a typical practice because it helps children and babies to feel comforted and is a natural reflex for them. However, as natural as this reflex may be for babies and children, it can cause damage to their teeth and mouths if it is carried on for too long. Why Thumb-Sucking? Babies are born with a natural need or urge to suck on something.  This instinct is easily apparent as babies explore the world and begin putting everything they can into their mouths. The urge decreases after about 6 months, but lots of babies keep sucking their thumbs or fingers to calm themselves when they’re falling asleep. As they get older, they will also sometimes suck their thumbs when they feel hungry, restless, scared, or tired. Children tend to naturally wean themselves at around age 3, but if the sucking continues past age 5, this could be a…
5 Long-Term Effects of Avoiding Dental Care

Tooth Decay Not giving your mouth proper care will attract harmful bacteria to your teeth and gums, which can cause massive damage. Studies show that bacteria can survive, overgrow, and become unbalanced in one’s mouth and can put the enamel in significant danger. Once the enamel is torn up, there is no other way to replace it. Too much tooth decay can cause a huge hole in a tooth that cannot be repaired by fillings alone, leaving the tooth vulnerable to cavities. Gum Disease