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Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Thumb sucking: It is normal and i would not worry unless it goes beyond two years. Children can change the shape of their palate with thumb sucking. Don't stress it and consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I had been sucking my thumb for 16 years. I already have braces (and stopped thumbsucking). Will it be able to correct my teeth problem??

I had been sucking my thumb for 16 years. I already have braces (and stopped thumbsucking). Will it be able to correct my teeth problem??

You should: If everything goes well with your orthodontic treatment and you wear your retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist, I don't see any reason why your teeth should not look great. And definitely since you stopped the bad habit of sucking your thumb, I think you are on your way. Good luck. ...Read more

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17 years old still suck thumb. Have a big lump on the palm of my sucking thumb, hurts but doesn't itch. Recently, new small bumps grew and it itches.

17 years old still suck thumb. Have a big lump on the palm of my sucking thumb, hurts but doesn't itch. Recently, new small bumps grew and it itches.

Find substitute : Seems like you've been going through a lot being only 17 your use of your thumb as a coping mechanism stems from child hood habit of using it to comfort you. You need to find a substitute or see a psychologist who uses hypnosis to leave the thumb behind because your an adult and can have a normal looking thumb again so it will look like the other one. ...Read more

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How much is a mouth piece to prevent thumb sucking cost?

How much is a mouth piece to prevent thumb sucking  cost?

Thumbsucking: A mouthpiece is otc. Go to a pharmacy to find out the cost. ...Read more

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Why 4 month baby put thumb in her mouth?

Why 4 month baby put thumb in her mouth?

Thumb sucking: Babies tend to put their thumbs in their mouth…their fingers too. As they get older they like to put anything they can hold into their mouths. It's all a part of their development, self-soothing and discovering their world. Remember to keep small items that may be choking hazards out of reach to keep them safe. ...Read more

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My 4th year old baby always his thumb in his mouth . I try but he not leaving his habit. Please give the solution. ?

My 4th year old baby always his thumb in his mouth . I try but he not leaving his habit. Please give the solution. ?

Distraction: Try not to focus on the behavior but when you notice it occurring try to distract him with activities. Placing a non toxic product such as Tabasco sauce on his thumb may discourage thumb sucking. He is old enough for a reward system as well. All the best with this. Some adults still thumb suck. Although I dislike pacifiers the benefit is, you can take it away. ...Read more

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I cannot open my mouth more than thumbs width. It's been like this for about a week. What is the best course of treatment to regain full use of my mouth?

I cannot open my mouth more than thumbs width. It's been like this for about a week. What is the best course of treatment to regain full use of my mouth?

Splint therapy: See an orthodontist who is proficient in TMJ problems. A splint is probably warranted along with range of motion exercises. Moist heat to the area in front of the ears will help loosen the tissues as well. It sounds like the disc has been dislocated and is swollen preventing you from translating your condyles. ...Read more

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Why do 5 months old put their feet and thumbs in their mouth?

Why do 5 months old put their feet and thumbs in their mouth?

Pleasure: The lips are lined with a high density of nerve endings that provide pleasure sensations for baby. This is a safety feature that assures that a newborn that has never felt hunger will feed when offered so they survive. Feet/fingers offer a self directed way to self soothe. It declines when they find more interesting things to do with their time. ...Read more

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Uncontrollable eye, thumb, and mouth twitching with random llimbs going knumb. Randomly.Any thoughts?

Uncontrollable eye, thumb, and mouth twitching with random llimbs going knumb. Randomly.Any thoughts?

Low potassium: Cramping often due to low potassium and many medical conditions can cause this or side effect of diuretic blood pressure medication. Can also cause numbness. Also anxiety with disrupted breathing a main cause. ...Read more

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My 5month old had a bandage on his thumb that has benzalkonium chloride 0.1% he had his thumb in his mouth can that harm him?

My 5month old had a bandage on his thumb that has benzalkonium chloride 0.1% he had his thumb in his mouth can that harm him?

Not To Worry,: The concentration (0.1%) is very low and safe. It is also used as preservative in pharmaceuticals, e.g. Eyewashes, nasal sprays, hand and face washes, mouthwashes, sanitizers, and disinfectants. Pharmaceuticals such as throat lozenges ; various leave-on skin antiseptics contains some. Check his mouth, hopefully you will see no damage. This product is less water soluble. ...Read more

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Thumbsucking (Definition)

Dentists generally call these, digit habits, fingers thumb, finger nails. If the person seems to have their fingers in their mouth after the initial eruption of the primary teeth they may have developed the habit. It can be a soothing reflex but can cause growth alterations in the eruption of the ...Read more