A child may begin thumb sucking before birth. The natural practice offers a ready way for the little one to soothe him or herself. If your child sucks his or her thumb, you may give little thought to the long-term effects associated with the practice. Here are a few effects of thumb-sucking and how they can be avoided:
Narrow Upper Jaw
As your child's upper jaw develops, the force of the sucking can cause the upper palate to narrow.
Summer will be here before you know it, which means it's time to start planning your vacations. While you're busy making those preparations, don't forget about your teeth. Proper dental care might be the last thing on your mind while you're planning your vacation, but it shouldn't be. Vacation activities can often interfere with proper oral hygiene. That can leave you with dental problems. Here are four steps you can take to protect your teeth while on vacation.
If you grind your teeth at night, wearing a mouth guard is a good idea -- especially if you've recently had cosmetic dental work done. The guard will prevent your teeth from rubbing together so you don't suffer so much enamel damage or have to worry about chipped teeth or veneers. But there are some intricacies to wearing a nighttime mouthguard. Follow these dos and don'ts to ensure the practice does not cause more harm than good.
Getting veneers for you teeth can be an amazing way to get the gorgeous smile that you have always wanted. However, in order to keep your veneers looking and feeling like you want them to, you are going to need to take care of them. This article is going to discuss three tips for caring for your veneers.
Have Your Veneers Professionally Cleaned
One thing that you are going to need to do is have your veneers professionally cleaned by your dentist a few different times each year.
You're a smarty. Okay, so wisdom teeth don't actually have anything to do with your intellect. But, they do wait to make their grand debut until you're older (in other words, until you've gained some "wisdom"). The third molars typically start breaking through sometime between the ages of 17 and 21, according to the American Dental Association. Even though some young adults can keep these teeth, many others don't have the room to.