Archive for March, 2014

Baby’s tongue sticking out of her mouth.

Today I saw a Mexican American baby 2 1/2 months old that frequently but not always has her tongue sticking out of her mouth. It reminds me of a Down’s baby, but she has no other Down Syndrome characteristics.

5 year old that stopped thumb sucking, recently went back to it

Today, a 5 year old, (parents divorced this last year,) had stopped thumb sucking, but recently went back to it. I’m wondering how long to wait, because of the divorce issues and living in 2 households now, etc. She’s suppose to let me know when she’s ready, but do I put this off for a while due to the divorce?

Why do orthodontists use tongue guards

I will be speaking to a group of orthodontists, some of whom refer to me. I know our position on rakes, cribs, etc. I looked in the literature and could not find any articles to tell me why orthodontists use these. Is it because they believe it is the best way to close the bite? Do they feel it is a more convenient and easy way to address open bites? Why do they opt for this? Is it based on research and training?

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