Habit therapy and appliances

When babies and toddlers suck their thumbs, it can seem sweet and may provide them with a level of comfort. As your child grows, this behavior can cause dental problems. Jaw development and positioning of permanent teeth can be affected if you do not break the habit early enough. Around age six, adult teeth begin to erupt. If your child still continues the thumb sucking at this point, let our dentists know, because you may have a difficult time stopping the behavior. we can make suggestions for you to help at home.

If these efforts do not work, we may recommend an oral appliance or thumb guard. These appliances prevent your child from thumb sucking.  Your child will likely abandon this activity. Other behaviors like tongue thrusting can impact normal development. Our dentists can also make suggestions to address these sorts of problems as well.

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We hope to gain the confidence and trust of your family by providing you with compassion, quality and comfort. You can enjoy peace of mind that your children, parents, spouse and friends will be treated with the utmost respect and compassion at every visit. Our Aurora family dental office serves patients from Batavia, North Aurora, Oswego, Montgomery, Sugar Grove and surrounding communities.

Please call (630) 892-7041 to learn more or to schedule an appointment