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Thumb Sucking Treatments

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Is thumb sucking a problem?

Thumb guards are available for children & Adults

What Are The Dangers Of Thumb Sucking?

It is a common habit of children to suck their thumbs. Every child at some stage does it. In the initial stages, it is not as harmful. It becomes a problem once it turns into a habit. If the child continues with this habit over a long period of time it will have serious consequences, especially for their teeth. If the child keeps this habit up to and beyond the age of five, there is a danger of the teeth being altered. If habitual thumb sucking occurs after mature teeth have come, the following problems may occur.

Gaps in the teeth
Crookedness in the teeth
Problem with the proper bite

What Can Be Done?

If it has been prolonged this far, it will be difficult to simply stop your child from sucking their thumb. The medical treatment available in the dental market is the use of a thumb guard. It has been designed in a way that it does not interfere in day-to-day tasks and prevents the child from sucking the thumb at all times. The thumb guard is comfortably fixed on the childs wrist. The thumb guards is made of nontoxic plastic.
The thumb guard works on the principle that if the child is unable to suck their thumb, they will eventually grow out of the habit. The guard is made in a size that is slightly bigger than the childs thumb. The air between the thumb and the guard makes suction impossible for the child. They come in a number of colors and attractive designs so children do not find the product to be cumbersome or unappealing.
Any long time habit is hard to break but this is very important for your child’s long-term dental health. Therefore, you have to be firm with its use. Make your child use it at all times to beat this bad habit for once and for all.

How To Use a Thumb Guard?

Thumbs guard has been made to be used for four weeks. It should be used around the clock and especially at those times when the temptation of sucking is more probable, such as before bedtime or in the car. It comes with a lock at the wrist so that children cannot open them. If you want your child to quickly lose this habit of thumb sucking, ensure that your child wears the thumb guard for a month. If it is used continuously, your child will quickly forget about sucking their thumb!

If you are worried about your childs bad habit or your an adult who hasn’t broke this habit, the thumb guard could be the suitable treatment for you! Call us to arrange your free consultation today.


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