Do you have a young child or loved one who is always grabbing for their pacifier or continuously sucking their thumb? During early infancy, and even in the womb, it is natural for a baby to suck their thumb. It is a self-soothing technique and actually helps to teach them about the environment around them. Thumbsucking or pacifier use is also helpful as children transition into the late infancy stage and the early toddler years, as it can also be used as a coping mechanism when a child is feeling anxious or overwhelmed. At a certain age, pacifier use and thumbsucking become problems as it regards their teeth.
When was the last time you visited our office for a routine hygiene examination and cleaning? If it has been some time since your last appointment, we encourage you to schedule your next visit today. We know that your life is busy, but the longer you postpone routine examinations, the greater the chance you will experience a dental emergency or some type of oral health complication. Delaying your examination and cleaning can eventually affect your overall health as well. Read on to learn more about the importance of routine appointments.