To establish a lifetime of good oral health, we need to establish good oral health habits starting from a young age. This includes proper brushing and flossing, good nutrition, and good habits. Unfortunately, bad habits such as thumb sucking can actually damage children’s teeth. At Busciglio Smiles we offer habit breaking appliances to get your child on the right path towards a lifetime of great oral health.
Habit breaking dental appliances are special devices that fit into the mouth to help a child stop engaging in a repetitive, bad habit such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. We offer a wide range of options for breaking bad oral habits including thumb cribs, tongue thrust appliances, thumb guards, or palatal appliances, both removable and fixed.
These habit breaking appliances are safe and not painful, though they can cause a little bit of discomfort when a child engages in the bad habit – but that’s the idea, discourage the child from continuing the bad habit such as sucking their thumb.
Most kids grow out of thumb sucking by the time they are 1 years old, with a small percentage (between 5 and 10%) still engaging in thumb sucking between the ages of 1 and 4.
The American Dental Association recommends that thumb sucking habits be discouraged beyond the age of 4 because these habits can negatively impact the teeth and the jaw. The top teeth could be inadvertently pushed forward, for example, creating an overbite that later needs to be fixed with braces.
Thus, good oral health habits can save money and problems in the long run. Coupled with proper dental hygiene of twice daily brushing and once daily flossing, your child will be given a foundation for good oral health to last their entire lives.
Children often engage in unconscious habits that can inadvertently damage their teeth. If these habits aren’t corrected early on, they can cause problems with the teeth, bite, and jaw. Adults still sometimes have these habits because they weren’t broken at a young age. They include:
Thumb sucking may be “cute” in a baby, but once a child hits 4 years old it needs to stop, because it can cause problems. The most common problems caused by thumb sucking are overbites or open bites, which can impact the ability to speak and chew.
Tongue thrusting is the habit of pushing against the front teeth with the tongue. Some children don’t do this on purpose, as it can be an orofacial myofunctional disorder. Fortunately, we can correct the problem. Otherwise, this habit can also result in a misaligned bite and other problems with the teeth.
How Safe and Effective Dental Solutions Can Stop Bad Childhood Habits
Busciglio Smiles offers a number of highly safe and extremely effective habit breaking dental appliances for children. These non-toxic, non-invasive solutions stop your child from repeating bad habits that can put their teeth and jaw at risk. They include:
Thumb guards are designed to prevent thumb sucking. They come in removable and fixed versions. How they work is by stopping the suction action when the child attempts to suck their thumb. The barrier between the tongue and roof of the mouth also removes the sensation of the thumb and thus mitigates the enjoyment of thumb sucking. Eventually, after some frustration (but no pain), the child simply stops the poor habit.
The purpose of a tongue crib is to train the child to not push against the roof of the mouth (and teeth) with their tongue. The tongue crib device is fastened to the roof of the mouth, where it dissuades children from pressing their tongue unnecessarily. Tongue cribs are painless and come in removable and fixed versions.
As a parent, you may be frustrated with your child’s thumb sucking or other bad dental habit. Fortunately, at Busciglio Smiles, we can help! We can not only help teach your child proper brushing and flossing technique, we can set them up with a habit breaking appliance if needed.
Our safe and incredibly effective habit breaking appliances – from tongue guards to tongue cribs – can help put your child back on the right path. We are dedicated to helping your child establish the best foundation for a lifetime of smiles.
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