Patient Education

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
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Straightening Your Child's Teeth: When is the best time to start?
...Sometimes children have malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) that were caused by thumb sucking or other problems...

Treating Thumb Sucking Now Could Reduce Orthodontic Treatment Later
...” The answer, unfortunately, is yes — thumb sucking can contribute to a malocclusion (bad bite) that could eventually require orthodontic treatment...

The Major Benefits of Early Childhood Dental Visits
...We’ll also be able to ease any common concerns you may have, such as thumb sucking or other oral habits, as well as give you sound advice and techniques for dealing with these problems...

4 Things to Give Your Child a Head Start on Good Oral Health
... Wean them off pacifiers and thumb sucking...

5 Things you can do to Improve Your Child's Future Dental Health
...They can coach you on brushing and flossing techniques, and provide information to set your mind at ease about concerns like teething or thumb sucking...

Watch for These Developing Bite Problems with Your Child's Teeth
...One possible cause is late thumb sucking, which can put undue pressure on the front teeth and cause them to develop too far forward while forcing the bottom front teeth further backwards...

Keep an Eye Out for Problems if Your Children Grind Their Teeth
...Bruxism is actually common among pre-adolescent children, considered by many healthcare professionals as normal behavior like thumb sucking...

Thumb Sucking One of Many Factors to Consider When Treating a Poor Bite
It’s true — thumb sucking beyond age 4 can cause bite problems for permanent teeth...