Mind Your S’s and Z’s: Lisping as a Dental Problem

Lisps are not detrimental to your health but they can be a problem, especially if you always have to interact with people.

lispingIndividuals with lisps experience the inability to articulate sibilant sounds, which include words with S’s and Z’s. Most lisps occur due to incorrect tongue placement; if the tongue is too forward or placed far back, the escape of air produces a lisping sound whenever a person speaks. Other cases involve a child’s difficulty in pronouncing said sounds, and this may develop into a habit.

On some occasions, people with lisps experience a dental problem that requires immediate attention.

How lisps occur

Most lisping cases occur due to a developmental or psychological issue during childhood. Some children resort to lisping to receive attention and develop the habit of lisping during stressful situations. Lisps also happen due to breathing issues such as asthma and allergies. This leads to protruding tongues, which are culprits behind the lisps.

Lisping: incorrect tongue positioning or dental problem?

Tongue placement depends heavily on the correct positioning and spacing of your teeth.  If the tongue is in its correct positioning but the teeth are too forward, the tongue mimics the teeth’s effect. Your tongue situates far back in your mouth, which causes the lisp.

Another oral issue, Anykloglossia, can also cause struggles with the S’s and Z’s. This condition is a physical deformity with the tongue connected to floor of the mouth. As a result, it limits the tongue’s range of motion.

Other issues that cause lisping include overbites and gaps between the teeth.

What you can do to stop lisping

Dental issues behind lisps are resolvable once the dentist manages to diagnose the causes. For example, Anklyoglossia only requires simple surgery to correct the tongue’s positioning. Dentists also offer easy remedies for lisps due to overbites; over the course of standard orthodontic treatments, patients can enjoy straighter teeth and lisp-free speech.

In some cases, dental mechanisms such as bridges and braces can cause lisps. Orthodontists often make adjustments to the positioning of the bridge or braces to correct the problem.

Perfect yours S’s and Z’s by addressing your dental need immediately. Bounty Road Dental provides the necessary treatment that corrects your lisp and provides a better smile at the same time. Get in touch with us now.

Many Brit Kids Don’t See A Dentist Until Age Eight

Recent surveys show that one million children across the UK have not visited a dentist by the time they reach the age of eight. This statistic comes amid growing discussions about whether to impose a “sugar tax” on fizzy drinks, as there is a growing concern about the amount of sugar consumed in Britain.

Controlling the Sweet Tooth

bounty road dental practiceThe British Medical Association recently called for a 20 pence tax on fizzy and fruit drinks in a move to combat the growing crisis in dental health and childhood obesity. Minister of Life Sciences George Freeman and the UK’s Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies have both expressed support for such taxes, but have been ruled out by the Health Secretary and Downing Street.

Statistics show toddlers and teenagers are consuming far more sugar than the recommended daily allowances, with sugary drinks being the chief source. This may be because too many parents are not paying attention to what their children are eating. Constant munching on snacks and sugary drinks and not taking them to see the dentist leads to higher chances of tooth decay.

Sweet Little Children

As dental professionals, we believe in preventative dental care. We encourage parents to bring their children to the practice at an early age to start developing a good dental hygiene habit.

For the tooth decay problem, the common dilemma is that many parents often have little idea that the small candy or the fruit smoothie given to young ones is actually bad for the teeth. Good dental habits start at home, which is why we always educate patients (and their parents) about how they can maintain oral health.

We understand that taking time off work is the main roadblock keeping parents from taking their children to the dentist. This is one reason we allow late afternoon and evening appointments, provided you have set a schedule prior to the visit.

As with most things, the sooner we start treating dental problems, the quicker it can be resolved. Our practice is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from Monday to Thursday, and to 2:00pm on Fridays. We encourage you to book an appointment at a convenient time.