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Will a Pacifier Impact My Baby’s Tooth Development?

Will a Pacifier Impact My Baby’s Tooth Development?

When it comes to pacifiers, they are usually a baby’s favorite object. As soon as a baby starts crying, many parent’s first instincts are to hand a pacifier to their baby to calm them down. But did you know that overusing a pacifier can cause dental and oral issues for your child? Pacifiers used on young babies can help reduce oral pain they may have and also reduces the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. However, parents should know that overusing any pacifier can cause future oral issues. If you are curious about how pacifiers can negatively affect your child’s oral health, continue reading.

How Exactly Can a Pacifier Cause Oral Issues With My Baby?

The mouth of a developing baby is something that needs special attention from the parents or caretakers. Like any other developing body part, if there is something in the way of its growth, it will adapt to a new shape so it can continue to grow. Overuse of a pacifier can cause a baby’s teeth and jaw to start growing misaligned. The same effects are known in children who have a thumb-sucking problem. Their teeth usually grow outward and the misaligned jaw can cause bite issues. 

What Should I Do About My Childs Use Of Pacifiers?

You should remember that pacifiers are still great to use for babies if you do it in moderation. A child, less than one-month-old should never be handed a pacifier as it may affect their eating habits. After the one month mark, it safe to start having them slowly start using the pacifier until it becomes a normal habit. By the age of two, your child should be weaned off of using a pacifier. This is where the problem can arise where they will start sucking their thumb since they have been weaned off of their pacifier. This may seem like a normal habit amongst children, but thumb-sucking can actually bring worse issues for your child than a pacifier. Not only is it dirty because you don’t know where your child’s hands have been, but thumb-sucking can be even harder to wean your child off of since their thumb is attached to their body. 

Conclusion

Just because the overuse pacifiers can be bad for your child’s oral health, does not mean that you shouldn’t give or let your baby use a pacifier. Remember, pacifiers are great for other aspects of your child’s health and every doctor will recommend that you give your child a pacifier as they are growing. Just keep in mind that just like anything else, a pacifier needs to be used in moderation. If used in moderation, your child should not have any oral or dental issues as they continue to develop. If you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s teeth or use of a pacifier for your baby, you can visit our site Cute Smiles For Kids, or schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists to ensure your baby’s teeth are on the right track.

A sad tooth next to candy, learn to reverse tooth decay.

3 Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay

Have you ever had that painful feeling in your teeth and you realize that you may just happen to have a cavity? You start thinking about how expensive it might be to get a filling on your cavity or maybe you just don’t have the time to get a filling. There are a few actions you can take to prevent and potentially reverse tooth decay. Below are some tips that you can put in action in order to naturally prevent and reverse tooth decay.

pH Levels Matter in Preventing Tooth Decay

One of the first steps that you can take to reverse tooth decay is watching what you are eating and drinking. Drinks like coffee and soda contain imbalanced pH levels, therefore leaving the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive off of. A big step you can take if you are a daily coffee drinker is switching to green tea instead, as green tea contains polyphenol which acts as an antioxidant and contains anti-inflammatory properties that stop the growth of harmful bacteria and can overall improve your oral health. Also, don’t forget that water is always a good way to go if you are thirsty!

Utilize Vitamins and Supplements Help Tooth Decay

Another great way you can help prevent and reverse tooth decay is by taking the correct vitamins and supplements. Vitamins can help other areas of your body other than the immune system and bone health. In fact, certain nutrients and vitamins can help your body produce saliva which is great for keeping bacteria from staying in your mouth for too long. Vitamins that are great for oral health include Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Magnesium, and Iron. And if you aren’t looking to start taking vitamins, certain foods can also help with oral health such as bananas, peas, whole-grain foods, and even seafood.

Eat Foods With Natural Probiotics

The tiny spaces between your teeth provide the perfect place for infectious bacteria to hide and hang out. Because of the fact that probiotics help offset the pH levels in your mouth, eating or drinking foods that are high in probiotics is one of the best things that you can do for your oral health. Foods like kimchee, kombucha, and sauerkraut are all high in probiotics and will make your mouth a healthier place.

Having A Clean Mouth Is Important

Now that you have these tips on how you can not only reverse your tooth decay, but also keep your mouth as healthy as it can be, you can go forward with your life knowing that you have the ability to reverse your own tooth decay without getting fillings. Although, while these tips are helpful, you should still do an annual checkup with the dentist just to make sure there isn’t any other oral related health issues that may be underlying.

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How to Make Brushing Fun for Your Child!

Everyone knows that brushing your teeth is an important, daily activity that we all have to do. However, you can’t expect children to understand how important it is to have a clean set of pearly whites, so it is up to the parents to make brushing teeth a fun activity. Here are a few things you can do to help make the activity enjoyable for your kids.

It’s Teamwork

Instead of telling children to brush their teeth and explaining how important it is, the better way to go about it is to show them how you do it. Kids love to join in all the things their parents do. Watching dad shave or playing with mom’s makeup are all exciting stuff for young minds, and there is no reason why brushing can’t be just as exciting.

Children Love to Teach

Imagine being a child who has to listen to the instructions of adults all day long. It can be really tiring sometimes. That’s why kids love to role-play as adults and give instructions to others whenever they can, even if it means giving instructions to their toys.

You can use this to make your child understand the importance of brushing. Ask the kids to teach their toys how to brush. They will not only take on this task more seriously but also brush their own teeth with diligence because now they have to live up to a standard in order to be the authority.

Personalize Their Toothbrush

For adults, a toothbrush is just a tool, but for children it can be an extension of their personalities. Find out what your kid likes and then customize the products based on those interests and passions. It can be as simple as having them choose the shape and color of their toothbrushes, such as a yellow giraffe or a blue teddy bear. There are also plenty of products that are based on popular characters and items from animations and films that your kids can pick from.

Make It an Experience

Plenty of videos online show parents adding music and dance to their morning routines with their kids. Try playing your children’s favorite songs while brushing every morning. If you start the day with singing and dancing, it will be an experience that your children will not only love but also look forward to.

Support and Encouragement

Sometimes all children really need is a little support and encouragement. Simple words such as “good job” or “well done” will go a long way in building the child’s confidence and skills to make brushing an important part of their daily life. You can also use a high five after brushing to make it feel like you’ve accomplished something together.
If words don’t do the trick, you can use physical rewards to encourage the child. Track if your kid has brushed their teeth everyday and by the end of the month, you can mark the accomplishment with a small toy or a gift.

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The (Not So) Secret Way to Brush and Floss

Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and being parents, you already have) is to help inspire your child to brush and floss their teeth correctly. We have appropriated the best equipment for the job: a fresh toothbrush, floss, and approved toothpaste. Failure in your mission will result in tooth decay, potential gum disease, and the end of the world.

Okay, so maybe not the end of the world. But your child’s smile will certainly feel the impact. Here are some tips to help you in your mission:
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