Have you ever seen a crib that looks like someone took the tongue of your shoe and turned it into a crib? Well, if you’re like most people you probably thought to yourself what in the world is that? This week we’re going to talk about what it’s called and why it was invented! Let’s start by looking at its name, it’s called a tongue crib, also known as a cowboy crib or cowboy cradle.
How Does A Tongue Crib Work?
When we are infants, our parents put us in a crib. As babies and young children grow, they begin to rely on us less and less. Eventually, they’re no longer walking around with arms outstretched for a hug before going to sleep; instead, we put them into their own beds, where they can go by themselves. A tongue crib is a much-needed step toward independence for adults who want to learn how to fall asleep on their own. However, there are some things you should know about it that might make your transition just a little bit easier.
How A Tongue Crib Appliance Can Help?
Tongue cribs, also known as tongue retainers, hold your tongue in place. This helps keep you from swallowing it (which can cause choking or suffocation) and keeps your airway open during sleep. The device attaches to your teeth using special custom-fitted brackets to help keep it in place. Your doctor will likely recommend a tongue crib if: you have obstructive sleep apnea, you had surgery on your jaw or facial structure that weakened muscles affecting swallowing, or your birth control failed and you became pregnant. If you suspect one of these things might be true for you and are considering a tongue crib or mouth guard, call us today at 973-823-5770 or contact us here to see if we’re able to help with other concerns as well!
How To Choose The Right Tongue Crib For Your Baby?
In order to choose a tongue crib for your baby, you need to be sure that you are getting one that is made of strong and durable materials. This will make it last through all stages of teething for many years. Don’t worry too much about finding one with a lot of bells and whistles because all you need is a decent sized top that keeps baby secure and somewhat upright so they can look around when they are teething. If there aren’t any toys or teethers attached to it, then you can always purchase those separately in order to give baby something fun to chew on as well.
How Much Does A Tongue Crib Cost?
Most tongue cribs cost between $50 and $100, although it’s possible to find a used one online for a cheaper price. Be careful when you’re shopping online though—it can be difficult to determine if a product is legitimate. If you plan on buying used, buy from someone you know or use an established website (such as eBay). If your dentist recommends a new tongue crib, call around to other dentists in your area to see if they offer it at their office or if they recommend another brand. It’s also possible that your dentist will let you borrow one until you can afford one of your own. In that case, make sure to ask them how often it should be replaced and for how long as well as any other details about care before making a purchase.
Are Tongue Cribs Removable?
There are many different types of tongue cribs. In most cases, they are removable and can be taken out at night or when eating solid foods. Some people do wear them all day, but it is not typically recommended by doctors because of difficulties with speech and swallowing. No matter what type you choose, however, a tongue crib will help to keep your mouth in better alignment. Therefore, if you wear it consistently, it may decrease your need for future surgeries or provide more comfort for a procedure you are currently going through. If you have any questions about tongue cribs or think one might work well for you, talk to your doctor about all options!
What Are The Benefits Of Using The Tongue Guard?
The tongue guard offers an array of dental benefits including better oral health and improved comfort during sleep. If you have a tendency to grind your teeth at night, wearing a tongue crib is often a viable alternative to traditional night guards. The tongue has many nerve endings, making it vulnerable to damage when worn as a mouthguard. To prevent additional discomfort, be sure to buy one made of soft, pliable material such as plastic or silicone—the kind that are shaped like horseshoes or U-shapes. These will mold over your teeth without irritating your tongue and fit comfortably behind your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. When compared with other types of dental accessories, night guards are notoriously bulky.