Most people know courtesy of family members, friends, and personal experience that biting their nails is a bad habit. Nail biting can leave your fingers bleeding and sore, and you can give yourself an infection by passing germs from your mouth to the open wounds. However, if you need one more reason to quit, nail biting can also damage your teeth. Here's what you need to know about how your nervous nibbling on nails can negatively impact your oral health.
Having to break the news to your child that the Tooth Fairy doesn't exist is part of growing up. Some children do not come to this conclusion on their own so it is up to you, as the parent, to break it to them gently. Because a child is so fragile when it comes to believing in magic and wonder, it is crucial that you know the proper way to tell them without breaking their trust.
As the parent of a young child, you may be concerned about his or her oral health. Still, it can seem like a daunting task to make a youngster brush for two minutes twice a day. However, there are ways to encourage your child to participate in a structured oral health regimen to protect his or her teeth and gums. Here are a few things you can do to encourage proper brushing:
Whether your child is dealing with a severe overbite or overcrowding of the upper teeth, an orthodontic expander can be a great option for repair. While this treatment is effective, it must begin in the early stages of your child's jaw development. Repairing issues with your child's jaw may begin as early as 14 years of age, which may cause your teenager to feel nervous and overwhelmed at the thought of wearing the expander in their mouth.
If you are missing one or more teeth, chances are good that you are considering a dental implant. Dental implants are made from titanium and are attached to your jawbone. A titanium implant has a cap on it, giving the impression that you are not missing any teeth. You need to get dental implants if you are worried about maintaining a healthy-looking smile because, if there is a gap between any of your teeth, your other teeth will start to collapse inwards towards that gap.