Nail Biting Infections

by Tessa Cuellar

If you think nail biting isn’t such a big deal, then think again. Chronic fingernail biting for adults and children is certainly an unsavory habit, but it can also result in some serious health problems.  For instance, a painful nail biting infection may crop up which, if left unchecked, could lead to amputation of the…

How to Stop Oral Fixation

by Dr. Regina Lewis, MD Ph.D.

Breaking the oral fixation in your child can be traumatic for them, because you are removing one of their primary sources of comfort – one that has been there, in some cases, since before birth. With origins at infancy or even in the womb, the sucking instinct in babies is as natural as bees making honey. Stresses of childhood development through the early childhood stages often result in urges for sucking fingers, biting nails, or gnawing on objects.

How To Stop Thumb Sucking or Finger Sucking

by Jane Sarrow

Finger sucking and Thumb sucking is serious business for children. Digit sucking, as it is technically called in the medical field, is the first addition your child has ever known. And breaking an addiction, whether two years old or thirty-two years old, is difficult and needs plan in order to succeed.  Think of any habit…

Age Kids Stop Thumb Sucking

by Jane Sarrow

What is an inappropriate thumb sucking age? There is a lot of controversy about this among parents. Some parents see the thumb or finger sucking habit as a self-soothing behavior in young children. Some caregivers are not worried about germs and they think it helps the kids develop immunity. Most pediatric dentists recommend children stop around the age of two, while the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) – the most qualified institution – says to intervene at age three. What is the right answer…

Why to Stop Thumb Sucking

by Indira Gopal, MD

Why to Stop Thumb Sucking and Preventing Oral Deformities. There are many reasons why to stop thumb sucking, including physical, social and psychological. Ultimately it is up to your child to decide to stop, and their top reasons are because they are motivated by mom or dad, and they are ready to be a “big kid.”