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Can a child grow out of a gummy smile? Our eight year old has a very gummy smile, to the point that other kids at school will make fun of it. Of course this makes her very self-conscious, and prone to covering her face with her hand when she smiles. So, i

Can a child grow out of a gummy smile? Our eight year old has a very gummy smile, to the point that other kids at school will make fun of it. Of course this makes her very self-conscious, and prone to covering her face with her hand when she smiles. So, i

To : To answer your question regarding “growing out of the gummy smile, typical no, in fact usually the gummy smile will become worse with additional growing time. A gummy smile can be the result of an upper lip musculature that literally raises the lip up excessively when smiling. A gummy smile can also due to and excessive vertical length of the bone structure (covered by the gum tissue) surrounding the teeth. Ideally the upper lip will just barely cover the gum line of the upper front teeth when smiling. An excessive display of gum tissue when smiling can be a result of either of the 2 afore mentioned situations or a combination of both of them. The bone surrounding the upper teeth, which is covered by the gum tissue, continues to grow vertically in most people until they reach the late teenage years. So continued normal growth throughout the teenage years will result in an increasing amount of gum tissue display. Surgery can be one answer to resolving a gummy smile. However there are other ways that may be very effective in handling the gummy smile problem. There are some things that can be done interceptively to help ameliorate this condition. If your daughter has a dental deep overbite the upper front teeth can be moved to lessen the amount of gum tissue displayed in smiling while resolving the overbite condition. Additionally there are some things that can be done through conventional orthodontic treatment to reposition the entire upper dental arch if that is necessary as well. It is best to see a university trained orthodontic specialist and he/she, after a thorough diagnostic evaluation, can develop the best way to resolve your daughter’s condition. There are things that can be done now to help your daughter, t is best to seek advice at this time in the possibility that interception may significantly help prevent an extremely difficult problem to resolve. ...Read more

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Can i take my 10 year old for laser hair removal? She is having kids at school make fun of her and i don't want it to influence her self esteem!

Can i take my 10 year old for laser hair removal? She is having kids at school make fun of her and i don't want it to influence her self esteem!

Generally no: Laser hair removal is usually only done after 18 years old. The skin and hair is too immature for proper laser safety and effect at ten years old. Instead, try bleaching or waxing the hair until she's old enough for laser therapy. ...Read more

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A kid in ny school was stupid and took 100 units.Of insulin (shot) for fun. What will happen to hin?

A kid in ny school was stupid and took 100 units.Of insulin (shot) for fun. What will happen to hin?

Needs immediate care: If this just happened he needs to go to an emergency room right away! that much Insulin is a life-threatening dose, and could lower his blood sugar so severely that he could have seizures and permanent brain injury. If it was more than 4 hours ago and he suffered no ill effects he will likely be ok, but you're right, it was a very stupid thing to do! ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a safe and fun diet for kids?

Anyone know what is a safe and fun diet for kids?

Fruit and veggie: Fruits with a small bit of honey or yoghurt. Veggies with cream cheese (low fat). ...Read more

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What are some fun chores for kids that they will do without a hassle?

What are some fun chores for kids that they will do without a hassle?

FUN CHORES: Kids like to help out in the kitchen like putting plates and silverwares. Any minor tasks that they can do as long as they are happy to do it. ...Read more

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How can I make errands, shopping fun for my children?

How can I make errands, shopping fun for my children?

Child behavior: Depending on age, involving the child in the desired activity is the best thing. Have them help in making the shopping list, picking item off shelf, place in cart, etc... ...Read more

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What are some fun activities for an immobile 20 year old male?

What are some fun activities for an immobile 20 year old male?

Exercise: Even the bedridden can do stretching and small weights. Then there are puzzles, building models, knitting socks,. Think out of the box . Painting and creative activities can be an outlet that has a product. ...Read more

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Late puberty question: why do the kids make fun of and bully me?

Late puberty question: why do the kids make fun of and bully me?

Inferiority: Believe it or not, bullies tend to have inferiority complexes, often from having been bullied themselves. and yes, it can continue into adult life. Tell someone you know and trust about the bullying. Keeping it inside does no good. DO NOT TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS. ...Read more

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What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun . . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more