Thumb sucking can cause future dental problems for toddlers. One of these problems is a type of malocclusion called an open bite. At Aspen Ridge Dental in Caspar WY, we can provide solutions with our family dentistry.
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 many 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 an abnormal 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 Aspen Ridge Dental in Casper, we diagnose bite problems in young Casper dental patients such as underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites. Most cases can be treated with orthodontics.
Aspen Ridge Dental in Caspar WY offers comprehensive family dentistry, as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Our friendly staff puts our youngest patients at ease, so your child can grow up without fearing visits to the dentist.
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