For years, Grand Rapids parents have been warned that thumb-sucking can cause future dental problems for their thumb-loving toddlers. One of these problems is a type of malocclusion called an open bite.
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 most cases, an open bite is 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 Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Comstock Park, we diagnose bite problems in young Rockford MI dental patients such as underbites, overbites, crossbites, and open bites. If dental treatment is started early in a child’s life, many bite issues and their associated problems can be prevented.
Call Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry at (616) 828-0410 to schedule a dental examination for your toddler or child. If you need dental treatment for your child and do not have dental plan insurance, talk to us about financing options.
Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry offer comprehensive dental care in the Belmont, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Sparta, Walker and Rockford MI area. Because our friendly staff puts our youngest patients at ease, your child can grow up without fearing visits to their Grand Rapids family dentist.
Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull
Stewart and Hull Aesthetic and General Dentistry
769 York Creek Dr NW
Comstock Park, Michigan 49321