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Can thumb sucking cause crooked teeth? My 3 year old still sucks her thumb, even though I've been trying to break the habit for 5 months now. I'm not sure, but it looks like her front middle teeth look slightly crooked and I was wondering if her thumb suc

Can thumb sucking cause crooked teeth? My 3 year old still sucks her thumb, even though I've been trying to break the habit for 5 months now. I'm not sure, but it looks like her front middle teeth look slightly crooked and I was wondering if her thumb suc

Absolutely: Unlike a pacifier that can be thrown away, a thumb is permanently available. Please gently try to discourage the habit, but remember for many kids it's a crutch, and kid's can't understand the down side. You may need help physically and psychologically if habit persists past beginning of eruption of the permanent teeth. Again, be gentle. ...Read more

Tooth Decay (Definition)

Tooth decay is the destructive process that occurs when the acids and bacteria in the mouth demineralize and dissolve away portions of the tooth structure. This can be stopped with proper tooth care and mineralization products (like fluoride) that ...Read more


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Getting 1 upper wisdom tooth removed on friday. Problem is I have a thumb sucking habit. Is it best to refrain from this activity during this time?

Getting 1 upper wisdom tooth removed on friday. Problem is I have a thumb sucking habit. Is it best to refrain from this activity during this time?

Don't suck thumb: Thumb sucking can cause undue pressure on the clot in the extraction site and cause it to come out, resulting in a dry socket. So, yes, you should avoid this. I'm wondering what affect this habit has on the position of your front teeth? You should try to break this habit. You might need professional help for this, even an orthodontist can make a retainer to help you to break the habit. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

Do thumb-sucking and pacifiers ruin children's teeth and bites?

No: Thumbsucking and pacifier-sucking don't "ruin" teeth, but they will lead to more overbite in the baby's front teeth. Be sure these habits go away before the permanent teeth come. Throw out the pacifiers no later than when throwing out the bottles (around age 20-24 months). Since many or most kids get braces to straighten their teeth in the teen years, an overbite should be easily correctable. ...Read more

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Can thumb sucking disfigure the teeth?

Can thumb sucking disfigure the teeth?

Yes: The same as using a pacifier. It can cause rounding of the top front teeth and an over bite. ...Read more

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If my teeth flare out (because of thumb sucking), should I get braces?

If my teeth flare out (because of thumb sucking), should I get braces?

Braces: Yes, but if the thumb sucking continues then after the braces are removed then the teeth will flare again. So you have to address the thumb sucking habit. Talk to an orthodontist to discuss options. ...Read more

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My 6 year old daughter can't stop thumb sucking. Her teeth are not in allignment. What can be done? Please help. Thanks.

My 6 year old daughter can't stop thumb sucking. Her teeth are not in allignment. What can be done? Please help. Thanks.

See a pedodontist: Thumb sucking should stop by age 2.
After that, it does harm by moving the teeth and opening the bite. Also the jaw bones become malformed.
Don't panic though because there is treatment. See your dentist. They will refer you to the proper specialists to stop the oral habit, orthodonticly move teeth to proper alignment. And the bone will be remolded to normal. ...Read more

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Should we be worrying that our four year old's thumb sucking is harming his teeth? Our son is still sucking his thumb at age four, and our attempts at weaning him off it have not been too successful. At what point do we need to worry that he's doing or is

Should we be worrying that our four year old's thumb sucking is harming his teeth? Our son is still sucking his thumb at age four, and our attempts at weaning him off it have not been too successful. At what point do we need to worry that he's doing or is

Get help: As an orthodontist I'm called upon to rx distorted mouths due to pernicious digit habits. If your child kept hitting themselves over the head with a hammer, wouldn't you take the hammer away? If your child kept finding other objects to repeat this bad behavior, wouldn't you seek help finding out why, and what to do about it. Please get help now. Fixing the damage is no fun. ...Read more

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Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Child with twelve baby teeth orthodontist put braces no overbite, no thumb sucking or overcrowding and no chewing problems is this common for an orthodontist not to advise a parent that there child has 12 baby teeth paid $2500 to have baby teeth straighte

Not unusual: If twelve baby teeth, then also would have twelve permanent teeth. You went through the first phase of treatment and should expect a second phase of treatment after 28 permanent teeth are present after a "dental age" of 12 years. Ask your orthodontist for more explanation. ...Read more

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Can a tooth decay cause medical problems in your?

Can a tooth decay cause medical problems in your?

Absolutely: There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, and of course the possibility of infection. Don't let dental problems go untreated! ...Read more

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What foods can I eat that will not cause tooth decay?

What foods can I eat that will not cause tooth decay?

Food: Your attention to your hygiene is as important to your dental health as what you eat.. ...Read more

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Can MRI contrast cause tooth decay?

Can MRI contrast cause tooth decay?

No: Your dental problems cannot be attributed to diagnostic imaging. See a dentist to have the decay treated. ...Read more

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Can drinking hawthorne tea cause tooth decay?

Can drinking hawthorne tea cause tooth decay?

Tea and decay: It depends on the sugar and acid content of the tea, also extreme temperatures cause expansion and contraction that can cause small fractures that can lead to decay. Get an evaluation from a dentist to see how your teeth are doing now. ...Read more

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Can methadone treatment cause tooth decay?

Can methadone treatment cause tooth decay?

Yes: You need to have a very good oral hygiene care as well as periodic visits to your dentist, probably three times or more a year to follow progression of decay, and give you Fluoride treatments to prevent further decay. ...Read more

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Does aspartame, saccharin cause tooth decay?

Does aspartame, saccharin cause tooth decay?

Definitely, no: Aspartame or saccharin does not contribute to tooth decay. ...Read more

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Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Dental caries, tooth decay: causes?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria in plaque are exposed to sugars and metabolize the sugars into acid. Plaque is sticky and concentrates the acid onto the enamal of your teeth which dissolves it creating a cavity. Plaque without sugar or starch wil not cause decay. Sugar without plaque will not cause decay. Acid alone, like lemons, will dissolve enamal and can cause decay, . ...Read more

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Do iron supplements cause tooth decay?

Do iron supplements cause tooth decay?

Not normally but...: I would think that not in normal circumstances, but I would research and also see a dentist. If you are getting a lot of cavities, you may have other causes. ...Read more

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Could drinking alcohol cause tooth decay?

Could drinking alcohol cause tooth decay?

Possibly yes: Dry mouth can greatly increase your chance of developing dental decay. If you are an alcoholic, then you experience dry mouth. If you binge drink, then you will notice that you have dry mouth the following morning. ...Read more

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Can years of prednisone cause tooth decay?

Can years of prednisone cause tooth decay?

Not cause it but..: Years of Prednisone can diminish your natural immunity which can allow bacteria to cause more rapidly advancing tooth decay. ...Read more

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Can carbonated water no sugar cause tooth decay?

Can carbonated water no sugar cause tooth decay?

Bacteria: Bacteria causes tooth decay. Carbonated water is slightly acidic, enhancing the decay process. ...Read more

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Can plain, unsweetened soy milk cause tooth decay for my toddler?

Can plain, unsweetened soy milk cause tooth decay for my toddler?

Tooth Decay: Too much emphasis is placed on sugar being the cause of tooth decay. All sources of carbohydrates cause tooth decay! The stickiness and concentration of sugars determines how cariogenic the food may be. The true cause of decay specially in toddlers is the lack of daily dental home care by parents. It is not like a stinky dipper screaming to be change. You as parent must make it a priority. ...Read more

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How do sweet things cause tooth decay?

Bacteria: Tooth decay is caused by bacteria living in your mouth. The bacteria use carbohydrates (sugars) to produce acids which breakdown the surface of the tooth. This breakdown is tooth decay. Keep in mind, it is not how much sweet things you eat but how often you eat them that affect tooth decay. ...Read more

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Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time?

Do sugar based drinks really cause tooth decay over time?

Yes: Sugar based drinks, whether in sodas or juice, interact with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid byproducts. This results in the breaking down of tooth structure known as decay. Sipping sugary drinks throughout the day is much worse than drinking it all at once. Diet sodas have sugar substitutes which do not break down to the same acids as regular sodas but still have other types of acids. ...Read more

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Can tooth decay cause loss of taste? Had it extracted and can taste much better?

Sinus infection?: If this involves an upper tooth, the infection can get into the sinuses leading to a loss of smell and taste. ...Read more

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How will methamphetamine drug use cause tooth decay?

How will methamphetamine drug use cause tooth decay?

Dry mouth, soda: Methamphetamine causes dry mouth aka xerostomia. The saliva natural cleanses the teeth and buffers acidic plaque. Plaque acids are what eat away at enamel and causes tooth decay. Meth addicts with dry mouth tend to moisten their mouths with inexpensive sugary sodas which makes the problem even worse. Also meth addicts are largely consumed with getting more meth rather than oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Can tooth decay be caused by aspartame and acesulfame k?

Can tooth decay be caused by aspartame and acesulfame k?

Acid: Tooth decay is caused by acid, a byproduct of bacterial digestion. These substances are not part of their diet. All the best... ...Read more

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Is it possible for tooth decay to cause neurological side effects?

Is it possible for tooth decay to cause neurological side effects?

Not likely: Not unless the tooth decay has reached the pulp or living section of the tooth. You would have what is better known as a tooth abscess at that point. ..Depending whether it is acute or chronic may determine the level of pain which in turn could possibly lead to neurological side effects! Would certainly expedite the time one would seek professional help. ... ...Read more

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Can tooth decay or toothaches also cause morning headache in toddlers?

Can tooth decay or toothaches also cause morning headache in toddlers?

Yes, very likely: If it can happen in an adult then it can happen in a toddler. If the infant has tooth decay then it should be addressed right away because cavities in baby teeth don't have as far to go to infect the pulp as adult teeth. ...Read more

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How can you tell if pain is caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

How can you tell if pain is caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Pain: My first answer is get an exam and x-rays to determine if there is decay present causing the pain. Sinus pain will generally increase if you bend over while standing to pick something up off the floor. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between the pain caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Is there a difference between the pain caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

A bit tricky: These 3 causes of pain can be a bit tricky to sort out sometimes. If tapping on the suspected tooth increases pain, then it is probably the tooth. Sometimes a troubled tooth causes sinus problems. Sometimes the maxillary sinus (one under your cheek bone) problem causes enough pain to feel like it's in the upper teeth. So, it is best to see your doctor and/or dentist to help sort it out. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the pain caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

What is the difference between the pain caused by tooth decay, sensitive teeth and sinus pain?

Go see your dentist: You need to note whether it is sensitive to cold or hot and if it lingers for more than ten seconds. A small tooth decay usually is sensitive to cold but as the decay gets deeper the tooth can also be sensitive to hot and lingers for a while. Sinusitis can also cause toothache but usually it is hard to pinpoint to a tooth. Sometimes the whole back teeth are sensitive when you have sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can severe tooth decay cause frequent urination/incontinence along with pain throughout the body?

Can severe tooth decay cause frequent urination/incontinence along with pain throughout the body?

More info needed: Age of patient? Medical history? Medications being taken? Infection from decayed teeth? Tooth decay itself will not result in incontinence. Systemic infections can have serious consequences, however. It's time to restore those teeth and see a physician for a complete physical. All the best... ...Read more

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What chemicals cause tooth decay?

What chemicals cause tooth decay?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. ...Read more

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Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

Why do biofilms cause tooth decay?

Plaque: Biofilms usually refer to bacterial accumulation in water lines. Biofilms such as bacterial plaque on teeth will cause many problems. An accumulation of bad bacteria anywhere in your body is a bad thing. Strep mutans accumulating on your teeth allow them to secrete acids that degrade your tooth enamel and ultimately create decay. ...Read more

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Can it be that a few major cavities and tooth decay cause exhaustion.?

Infection: Cavities can cause infection which affects your entire system-see a good dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Can you offer more specifics of the type (s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?

Can you offer more specifics of the type (s) of serious illness that can be caused by an active prolonged infection from tooth decay?

Abscess: You could develop an abscess infection at the tip of the root of the tooth. It could progress into your bottom jaw bone or even into your neck and chest cavity. If it is in your upper jaw then it could go into your sinus and then into your brain. ...Read more

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Can fertility treatments cause tooth decay? Cavities?

Can fertility treatments cause tooth decay? Cavities?

Bacteria and sugar: Decay is caused by bacteria which are naturally occurring in your mouth. When the bacteria are fed sugar, either simple like sweets or complex like bread or sugar, they produce acid which eats into the tooth. ...Read more

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Would brushing your teeth immediately after vomitting cause tooth decay?

Would brushing your teeth immediately after vomitting cause tooth decay?

Better suggestion: Recently, it has been shown that it is better to wait 30 minutes after ingesting acidic liquids such as many sports drinks and some fruit juices before brushing your teeth. This leads to tooth erosions. With this in mind, I would suggest that you thoroughly wash your mouth out with plain water, and then you can brush and floss 30 minutes later. ...Read more

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Can psychotropic medications like buspirone, quetiapine, lamtical and cymbalta (duloxetine) cause tooth decay/ loose?

Can psychotropic medications like buspirone, quetiapine, lamtical and cymbalta (duloxetine) cause tooth decay/ loose?

Indirectly, yes.: The medications you're taking can cause dry mouth, which can in turn result in higher tooth decay and gum disease among other things. This is a good time to connect with your dentist about your medical care & medications; determine if extra steps need to be taken to manage challenges before they become problems. Be well :-). ...Read more

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Could it be true, tooth decay can cause brain cancer?

Could it be true, tooth decay can cause brain cancer?

No!: However, tooth decay and poor dental health can cause systemic effects including increased blood vessel inflammation and repeated bacteria in the blood stream. It probably increases the risk of cardiovascular disease as well. ...Read more

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Caries (Definition)

A destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentin, and ...Read more