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The Checkup Archive: Dental Health

Used too long, pacifiers may harm speech

t's already known that pacifier use (or thumb-sucking) beyond age 2 can alter the shape of a child's mouth, leading to dental problems such as misaligned teeth, overbite and malformed dental arches. But now it appears overuse of a pacifier can interfere with development of "tongue tip movement" needed for the production of certain speech sounds.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 18, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Dental Health, Family Health, General Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Parenting  
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FDA cracks down on mouthwash

The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday issued warning letters to three companies that manufacture and market mouth rinse products with claims that they remove plaque above the gum line or "promote healthy gums."

By Rob Stein  | September 28, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Dental Health, Dentistry, FDA, Family Health  
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Is David after Dentist okay?

YouTube sensation David DeVore (Youtube.com) Okay, I'll bite. I've refrained for all these months from jumping on the David After Dentist bandwagon. But today I couldn't hold back any longer. What was this hyperdontia that sent the seven-year-old boy to the dentist in the first place? And was young...

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | April 7, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dental Health, General Health, Social Media  
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