Oral habits are repeated patterns of behavior done in the oral cavity. It includes digit sucking, lip sucking, tongue thrusting, nail-biting, and bruxism. The consequences of oral habits on the oral cavity are ulcers, malocclusion, periodontal diseases, dental caries, otitis media, and sleep problems.
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Query: Hello doctor, I am 68-years-old and have been maintaining my oral health top-notch. I brush twice daily, floss once daily, and even use a tongue scraper twice weekly. As dentists suggest, I also pay a visit to the dentist once every six months. They would advise me on scaling, and I have had many su... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor,My daughter has developed a habit of thumb sucking. The doctor advised for a pacifier. Is that safe to use? I heard that using Pacifier will make my baby not suck breast milk anymore. Also, will it lead to misalignment of the front teeth once she grows up? Please advise what to do. Is it... Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Using a pacifier is quite safe for the habit of thumb sucking if you can maintain hygiene.It will not interfere with breast sucking. Regarding teeth problem, usually, it does not happen.Whatever you do should be with the opinion of your pediatrician.For further information... Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, Are birchwood toothpicks hard enough to cause damage to tooth enamel? Do they cause damage to the teeth in any way? I have pored over the internet for the answer to this question, with many dentists recommending that toothpicks should not be used or chewed on, or saying that it can cau... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We use toothpicks in the anatomical spaces present between the teeth. The spaces are called as embrasures. While you use the toothpick, you lacerate the gingival tissue that covers those spaces (the cone-shaped gingiva present between the teeth) that results in the cr... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, What are the everyday habits that could affect our teeth? I want to get some insight on how certain practices such as smoking, biting nail, opening things with the mouth, etc., affect the teeth. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Smoking adversely affects the gum health as the gum disease becomes less apparent in smokers and they show symptoms once the condition becomes severe. Secondly, it can cause pigmentation leading to smoker's melanosis (brown to black pigmentation of gums). Other ill effe... Read Full »