Breaking Oral Fixations and Habits

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.

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.”

When to See Your Dentist About a Thumb Sucking Appliance

by M. Roberts, MD

Thumb sucking is a normal behavior that children should outgrow between two and six years of age. By the age of six the behavior has developed to a habit and begins causing permanent damage. While the permanent teeth are working their way out, if the habit is not, a thumb sucking appliancemay be required to…

Thumb vs. Pacifier, Which is Worse?

by Dr. Susan Lee, MD

Many parents are concerned about their child’s thumb sucking, finger sucking or pacifier use. You may be wondering at what age it should stop, or if it is harmful and what could happen if your child does not stop, and of the thumb and pacifier which is worse. Surprisingly, both the thumb and pacifier are…