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Doctor insights on: Thumb Sucking Appliances

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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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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

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Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Adult thumb sucking and pacifier use associated with anxiety?

Thumb Sucking: Adult thumb-sucking can definitely be tied to an anxiety disorder. In fact, the thumb sucking ; pacifier use could cause you to swallow significant air, making reflux symptoms worse. I would consider cognitive behavioral therapy to find out the cause of the behavior--it can lead to chronic fungal and bacterial infections of the thumb that could be "digit losing". The cbt will give tools to help. ...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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What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

Pacifier: If given a choice, sucking on a pacifier is better than on a thumb. A parent can make the pacifiers disappear when the child is old enough, but it's hard to make the thumbs "disappear". Also, sucking on a pacifier won't cause the calluses and cracked skin on the thumbs. ...Read more

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Does a frankel ortho appliance straighten teeth?

Does a frankel ortho appliance straighten teeth?

Indirectly: Frankel orthodontic appliance is used in a growing individual to help develop the upper and lower jaw size completely so there is adequate room for all the teeth to erupt in a better alignment with enough space. ...Read more

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Do mouth guards keep your teeth straight?

Do mouth guards keep your teeth straight?

Sure, depends : If your teeth were straight when the dentist took the molds to construct them (upper and lower) and the dentist makes a hard style plastic (clear aligner style) or plastic/metal wire (hawley style) guard and you wear them overnight every night, then they could keep your teeth straight. ...Read more

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Will using a pacifier stop teeth grinding during sleep?

Will using a  pacifier stop teeth grinding during sleep?

Unlikely See dentist: Probably not. Nighttime grinding in children (or adults!) can be related to sleep disordered breathing. The child may not be getting enough oxygen during sleep, or may have actual episodes of apnea. Have a dentist check the size and shape of the jaws, tongue size and position and tonsils/adenoids. Does the child snore? You may need referral to a pediatric ENT for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Whats a non leeching mouth guard for grinding teeth?

Whats a non leeching mouth guard for grinding teeth?

Glidewell comfort HS: Glidewell dental laboratory makes a comfort hard/soft bite splint that is fabricated from iso-certified erkodent® copolyester and polyurethane discs, which are bpa-free and non-allergenic. Check with your dentist about having one custom made for you. ...Read more

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Cheek biting problem during night even using splint?

Cheek biting problem during night even using splint?

Cheek biting: You should see your orthodontist as it could be mal alligned upper and lower jaw teeth or one or more teeth not properly placed and could be hitting the inside of your buccal cavity. ...Read more

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Will pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Will pacifier use affect teeth alignment?

Not in a Baby: Using a pacifier before any teeth are present will not affect future occlusion. Pacifiers or thumb sucking over a long time with teeth present can cause a malocclusion. ...Read more

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Could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?

Yes and no: Some types of orthodontic retainers will protect against nighttime grinding, some will not. Ask your dentist or orthodontist for the type that will. ...Read more

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Do athletic mouth guards keep teeth from shifting?

Do athletic mouth guards keep teeth from shifting?

No: To prevent tooth movement mouth guard would have to be constructed so that both upper and lower teeth are firmly held during activity. Their design is to prevent tooth tooth damage and concussion, not to retain teeth. Talk to your Orthodontist about time in mouth guard vas time in retainers. ...Read more

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Will using a mouth guard for teeth grinding cause jaw pain?

Will using a mouth guard for teeth grinding cause jaw pain?

Possible: 2 reasons to wear a mouthguard for grinding are 1) to prevent tooth wear and 2) prevent damage to jaw/TMJ. Some guards actually make the grinding worse. See a TMJ expert for guidance about this. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist and dental society for referral. ...Read more

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