Not only eating candies, drinking soft drinks or laziness to brush the teeth can cause tooth decay and poor dental condition in young children. Many seemingly harmless habits not only affect your baby’s teeth but also affect your child’s permanent teeth.
1. Having pacifiers too much:
Reason: having pacifiers too much can cause the teeth to be crowded, displaced, and form crooked teeth.
|The habit of having pacifiers in mouth for more than 6 hours a day can cause the baby teeth to displacement|
Dr. Rob Schwartz, a spokesman for the Australian Odonto-Stomatology Association, said if the pacifier is used for more than six hours a day, it will cause the above mentioned condition.
“The basic principle is that if there is something in the oral cavity for more than 6 hours a day, whether it is a false nipple or a finger affecting soft tissue, it can cause permanent changes. In case of less affect, the tissue will return to its original position.
What to do: In many cases, these changes can be reversed. Young children will stop having pacifiers in their mouths when they reach a certain age, their teeth will adjust to their original position.
However, in some cases it requires the intervention of Odonto-Stomatology dentists to install tongue fixing pads, making the teeth soon return to the original position. The process usually a few weeks or months.
2. Finger sucking for a long time
Cause: It can make the foreteeth protrude, causing the teeth to be retrognathia and open malocclusion.
Similar to the pacifier, sucking the thumb is the habit of helping the children to stay well to play alone but it will be a difficult habit to give up.
|Pressure from the thumb can affect the position and direction of tooth growth|
What to do: Usually, the children will not suck their fingers when they get 2-4 years old. However, if the situation continues, it can cause the foreteeth to be retrognathia and narrow the upper jaw.
Pressure from the thumb can affect the position and direction of tooth growth. Gradually, when the mouth closed, the upper and lower jaw of the foreteeth did not match, not only causing less aesthetic but also makes it difficult to eat and drink. Braces are the solution for cases where teeth have been deflected and crooked. In the case of narrowing of the jaw, it is necessary to install a tool to widen the jaw and pull the teeth backwards.
3. Usually pushing the tongue
Reason: Tongue pushing is a habit of pushing the front teeth when speaking, swallowing food or when the tongue is in a resting state. This disorder can cause chewing and talking problems.
|When the baby’s teeth is displaced, a tongue fixing pad shall need to be installed|
Pushing your tongue is a habit formed after having the pacifiers in the kid’s mouth and sucking the thumb. The tongue is accustomed to the gap that was previously filled by a fake nipple or thumb. In some cases, tonge pushing is due to natural reason. This habit only become a problem if the time of pushing the tongue exceeds 6 hours.
What to do: It is advised to install the tongue blocker in the mouth to help your child quit this habit and let the teeth grow in a natural position.
4. Mouth breathing or snoring
Cause: It can make the teeth to grow in a deviated position or huddle with each other.
|When the baby breathes by its mouth or snores, he will open his breathing way and push the tongue out|
According to Dr. Schwartz, when the baby breathes by its mouth or snores, he will open his breathing way and push the tongue out.
What to do: There are many causes of prolonged oral breathing in children, including allergies, tonsillitis, palate or sleep apnea. Parents should talk to the Odonto-Stomatology dentist to find out the cause. After the cause is clear, appropriate treatment will be given to each child.
5. Jaw dislocation
Cause: Two irregular jaws can cause the phenomenon of retrognathia and open malocclusion.
Nature has designed to have a suitable position between the upper jaw and the lower jaw, which helps the food to be chewed and at the same time to prevent the teeth from being worn or deviated. If the jaw is not in this position, it may cause unwanted consequences.
What to do: Dr. Schwartz said, “Most problems with the deviation of the jaw’s positions are inherited. If the upper jaw or lower jaw is too big for the other jaw, mostly doctors cannot intervene, especially if the child has grown up. If the difference is only 4-6 mm, then we can pull the upper jaw backwards to be on par with the lower jaw using braces even while maintaining the position of the jaw”.
6. Bad eating habits
Cause: Milk tooth decay can cause a lack of space for permanent teeth growth and huddling together.
|If the milk teeth go early, the nearby teeth can be pushed to two sides and take the space for the ingrown permanent teeth.|
Many people think that milk teeth are okay because later they will be replaced by the permanent teeth. However, there are consequences that affect the permanent teeth if the baby teeth lose too soon or there are many gaps due to tooth decay which are not treated. The milk teeth are like a placeholder for the permanent teeth. If the baby teeth fall out too soon, the adjacent teeth can push and take the room of the permanent teeth. The milk teeth also help keep the jaws healthy. That is why it is necessary to keep oral hygiene from an early age to avoid early tooth extraction.
What to do: If the milk teeth have fallen off, it should be monitored and put in that place a placeholder to ensure that the permanent teeth can grow without being pushed by the teeth next to them.