For years, parents have been warned that thumb sucking can cause future dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of the pediatric dentistry problems we see at The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte is called an open bite.
An open bite occurs when the front teeth in the lower and upper jaw have been moved forward, often to the extent that they do not meet when the mouth is closed. In most cases, an open bite has been caused by thumb sucking, but pacifiers and tongue thrusting can also move teeth out of alignment.
Tongue thrusting refers to a swallowing action in which the tongue is pushed forward during swallowing. Normally, the tongue is on the roof of the mouth and the teeth closed completely when swallowing. A tongue-thrusting habit can develop due to factors other than thumb sucking, though this is a common cause. Allergies, large tonsils, tongue size, jaw angle, muscular problems, frequent sore throats, and anything that makes swallowing difficult can result in a tongue-thrusting habit.
At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we diagnose bite problems as part of our pediatric dentistry. If treatment is started early, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented. We also offer general and cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and many other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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