Norwalk Top Kids Dentist
If your child likes to suck his or her thumb, it is important that you know the harmful effects that this can have on his or her dental health. At Children’s Dental Group, we specialize in dental care for children. Our Norwalk top kids dentist will be happy to meet with you and your child and talk to you about the problems with your child continuing to suck his or her thumb.
It is not uncommon for children or infants to suck their thumb or other fingers. Fortunately, children will usually give up this habit by the time they are four years old. When thumb sucking continues after this age, when permanent teeth are beginning to come in, at can affect their oral health. Teeth may end up coming in crooked, or they may even develop a malformed roof of their mouth. The problems that will be caused by your child’s thumb or finger sucking will vary based on the frequency, duration, and position of the finger in the mouth. Thumb sucking or other digit sucking can even affect your child’s ability to speak clearly. There are things you can do to help your child break this habit. However, when you do attempt to break this habit, you will want to wait until the time is just right, and your child is not under stress from something else. You can motivate your child to stop thumb sucking by showing what could happen to their teeth, and even to their fingers if thumb sucking is to continue. A reward system that uses small incentives for your child, will encourage your child to stop. A reward system does not need to be elaborate; it can simply consist of colorful stickers on a daily calendar where your child can view his or her progress in losing this habit. You can always speak with our Norwalk top kids dentist for other ideas.
If you would like your child to receive his or her dental care in a warm and welcoming environment, simply contact us for an appointment with our Norwalk top kids dentist.
Children’s Dental Group
14119 Pioneer Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650
Norwalk space maintainers
As your child transitions from primary (baby) teeth to permanent (adult) teeth, an issue that may arise is when then primary teeth fall out our have to be removed ahead of their normal timetable. If one or more of your child’s teeth are missing too early, it is essential that we at Children’s Dental Group prevent her or his other teeth from shifting and blocking the path for the permanent teeth to grow in later on. With our Norwalk space maintainers, however, that potential problem can be avoided entirely. It is our goal to oversee a smooth and comfortable process from baby to adult teeth, with as few obstacles as possible.
Our Norwalk space maintainers are dental appliances that are custom-made right here at our dental office. They are made of either metal or acrylic, and are available in both fixed and removable versions. They serve the valuable purpose of occupying the space where one or more of those teeth used to be, standing in their place so that when the time is proper for the permanent teeth to erupt, there will be no chance of blockage that could lead to complications.
Our pediatric dentist will ensure that our Norwalk space maintainers fit your child to a tee. Comfort is key. When you consider that such a simple method can be so effective in the prevention of more complex and expensive procedures later on if the space is not saved now, the immense importance of these devices is clear. Does this mean that every child with a missing tooth will need one? Not necessarily. That evaluation will be made by our pediatric dentist as well as whether a fixed or removable one is the best choice for your child. His or her unique circumstances, as well as other factors, will play into that decision.
When wearing our Norwalk space maintainers, your child will need to abstain from chewy or sugary foods, which can get caught in the device. There are other guidelines that our pediatric dentist will discuss with you, but what is of greatest importance is to get started on filling that space when a tooth is lost.