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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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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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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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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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Could someone accidentally swallow a "boil & fit" teeth grinding mouth guard?

Could someone accidentally swallow a "boil & fit" teeth grinding mouth guard?

I doubt it: If you are talking about the ones that cover your entire upper arch, then that's pretty impossible. However, there are some versions out there that are very small and only cover a few teeth. That, while remote, could be a possibility...But still pretty uncommon. ...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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Cheek biting effect inside of mouth?

Cheek biting effect inside of mouth?

Scarring: Chronic cheek biting will lead to a callous or scar effect on the cheek. It may feel like a little soft lump and may have a whitish discoloration. It has no permanent dysfunction that I am aware of. ...Read more

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Can wearing a night/ mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding hurt?

Can wearing a night/ mouth guard to prevent teeth grinding hurt?

Possibly: Night guards and mouth guards are different non-interchangeable appliances requiring custom fabrication and proper adjustment to prevent untoward damage. Please seek care from your Dentist. This isn't a DIY project. ...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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Is a mouth guard good to prevent clenching teeth?

Is a mouth guard good to prevent clenching teeth?

Nio: A mouth guard is designed to prevent trauma to teeth/jaws during activities that have the potential for trauma. An Occlusal Orthotic Night Guard is designed to protect teeth and prevent them from moving while at the same time relieving stress to your jaw joints. They are designed differently, function differently, and are made of different materials. Ask your Dentist for advice. ...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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Could chewing gum ruin your teeth?

Could chewing gum ruin your teeth?

It depends on type : The damage that chewing gums does to your teeth depends on the kindofgum you chew and how frequently you chew. Regular gum with sugar will increase decay. Chewing gum cn be very helpful for someone with dry mouth because it helps to stimulate saliva production. Xylitol gums will protect the teeth from decay. Chewing can increase TMJ pain in us suseptable people. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can a broken mouth guard cause jaw pain?

Can a broken mouth guard cause jaw pain?

If the original: Unbroken mouthguard was causing relief, but now the broken one is causing pain, then it would be reasonable to assume that the broken one is causing the discomfort. I would recommend being seen by your dentist to determine the cause. I am assuming the mouthguard is in fact a "nightguard" and not an atheteltc "mouthguard". In the interim stop wearing the broken mouthguard. ...Read more

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Would a football mouth guard help with jaw clenching at night?

Would a football mouth guard help with jaw clenching at night?

Probably not: But it would prevent damage from grinding. Talk to your dentist if you are clenching. A custom made full coverage splint is best. Partial coverage splints create problems. ...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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Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

Mouth guards: Almost every dentist can make you a custom mouth guard. You shouldn't buy a mouth guard that is not made for you specifically or it can cause problems. Just like one size fits all shoes aren't a good idea. ...Read more

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Can wearing a mouth guard mess up your tooth alignment?

Can wearing a mouth guard mess up your tooth alignment?

Highly Unlikely: A guard which fits adequately & is worn only a few hours a day (or night) cannot move your teeth. However, an ill-fitting (non-professional) guard can move your teeth, especially if it's worn a significant amount of time. Guards which don't cover all your teeth in one arch or which don't have contact will all opposing teeth can cause some movement also if worn too much. Get a professional one. ...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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Burning mouth and TMJ. Mouth opening problem bad breath sores in mouth?

Burning mouth and TMJ. Mouth opening problem bad breath sores in mouth?

Problems: You have quite a number of dental problems and each need to be addressed. When was you last dental exam? You need a one on one comprehensive evaluation from a dentist along with proper treatment. Call and set up an appointment. ...Read more

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Mouth Guard (Definition)

Protective appliances that fit on the teeth , used to control harmful habits such as ...Read more