Dummy sucking habits

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Dummy sucking habits2017-11-13T18:21:31+00:00

Dummy sucking habits

We encourage children to stop digit-sucking habits by the age of 7 to prevent abnormal tooth movement and development of the jaws. It is important to provide positive reinforcement to help your child stop their habit.

If this habit continues into adulthood it can affect how the jaws grow around the teeth and affect the position of the teeth. Most children and young adults who have a non-nutritive habit are unaware that they are doing this in their sleep. We encourage the use of elastoplasts or a “bitter” nail varnish on the offending finger to help make the child aware of the times they are doing this. If this treatment is not effective, your orthodontist can provide an appliance to help. There is some useful information available on the BOS website, please see the link below.