Babies are born with the natural reflex to suck as this is important for eating and drinking as well as it provides a soothing and calming effect. Children who forcefully suck often for long periods of time are the most at risk. The jaw of your child is rich in blood supply and growing rapidly. The constant pressure of a thumb, finger or pacifier can deform the soft bone around the upper and lower front teeth resulting in an anterior open bite where the top front teeth fail to cover the bottom front teeth , a collapse of the upper jaw causing a crossbite or another dental problem. It is important to stop the habit at an appropriate time; your pediatric dentist will be able to assess these oral changes and the need for intervention.
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Habits (thumb or paci) | Triangle Pediatric Dentistry
The anterior open bite AOB and posterior cross bite are the most frequent malocclusions associated with prolonged sucking habits. This clinical case illustrates and discusses the use of a Haas-type palatal expander for stopping a thumb sucking habit. The improvement in closing the open bite with discontinuation of the habit was observed. But with the return of the habit and lack of cooperation, the relapse of anterior open bite occurred. Therefore, different approaches are necessary. The need of a multidisciplinary approach, consent, and cooperation are keys to a good prognosis.
How to Stop Thumb Sucking Habits in Children – 17 Easy Ways
Forming habits can occur naturally, though habits can be encouraged and adapted with the right mentality. Just as you can work to create a habit, like exercising regularly, you can do things to break habits if you want or need to. For parents, getting their children to break bad habits can be difficult, especially since many habits kids have are related to their age and getting older. Here are some ways parents can deal with helping their kids break habits in a healthy way.
A bad habit is a negative behaviour pattern. Common examples include: procrastination , overspending , stereotyping , nail-biting and spending too much time watching television or using a computer. There is a theory that it takes an average of 66 days to break a habit. The amount of time it takes to break a habit is generally between 18 and days.