Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski

Dr. Elizabeth Dimovski
Dentists Brampton



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Brampton Dentist, Dentist in Brampton, Thumb Sucking, Speech Problems, Brampton Family Dentist,
Thumb Sucking is healthy and normal when children are infants. Most children stop somewhere between the age of two and four. The effects of thumb sucking are usually reversible up until the age of seven, because children still have their deciduous (baby) teeth. If thumb sucking continues beyond the age of seven, when the second teeth are coming through, permanent dental problems can occur.

Problems caused by Thumb Sucking:

Excessive thumb sucking may lead to buck teeth (the front teeth may be pushed out of alignment). This can alter the shape of the face and lead to an open bite. It can also cause a child to have a lisp. Pre-school children who suck their thumbs can push their teeth out of their normal position, which in turn, interferes with the correct formation of certain speech sounds.

Helping children stop thumb sucking:

There are various things you can do to help your child stop thumb sucking. Focusing on the positives and rewarding your child are very important. Depending on your child's age and ability, you might like to try rewarding your child and offer encouragement with a hug or praise to reinforce their decision to stop the habit. It is also very important to limit nagging. If children feel they are being nagged they will become defensive. Mark their progress on a calendar by placing a star or a tick for each period (such as a day or week) that the child does not suck their thumb. Provide a special outing or a toy if the child gets through the period successfully. Encourage bonding, with a special toy. You may also give your child a mitten to wear as a reminder not to suck their thumb or place unpleasant tasting nail paint (available from chemists) on the thumb. Placing a Band-Aid over the thumb at bedtime is another reminder. Offer distractions while your child is watching TV and have toys available for your child to play with to keep them distracted. Sit with the your child during this time and give a cuddle. In the car, have toys available to keep them occupied.

For more information contact our dental specialist to help your child kick the habit.

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