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Habits to Avoid: Thumb Sucking and Too Much Candy

September 24, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Natasha

It’s crucial to teach your kids the proper way to care for their teeth, but making sure that their overall oral hygiene is as good as it can be involves more than brushing and flossing. While these basic practices will guard your child’s teeth against a lot of the major problems like cavities and gingivitis, there are some other habits your child my have developed that will affect the proper development of their teeth.

Thumb Sucking

The first bad habit that can have a negative effect on teeth is a very common one—thumb sucking. Most children start sucking their thumbs very early, and usually stop on their own by the age of 5. In some cases, children continue to use thumb sucking as a way to deal with stress and anxiety even as they get older. Despite the fact that it might feel comforting, this habit can create an alignment problem in your child’s mouth. Constant sucking can lead to teeth that stick out awkwardly, often causing a slip as a side effect.

Too Much Candy

The sugars in candies can have a very negative effect on tooth enamel. So, in addition to brushing and flossing, it’s important to teach your child proper dietary habits. Of course, certain sweets in moderation won’t lead to immediate decay, but helping your child to develop good eating habits at a young age will encourage them to eat healthier for the rest of their lives. This will ensure not only continued dental hygiene but also a healthier lifestyle overall.

Reversing these bad habits can be difficult and stressful, but doing it now while your child is young and still forming routines that will last the rest of their life, will help keep them healthy from now on. 

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