Thumb/Finger Sucking

The thumb sucking program is based on positive reinforcement and encouragement. Many children struggle with the difficult battle of quitting this habit and many parents are equally frustrated as well. It is scientifically proven that serotonin is released during thumbsucking to provide a feeling of relaxation and well-being. Our goal is to replace the thumb with the tongue. When the tongue and facial muscles are retrained to proper function and placement, this promotes proper growth development of the skeletal and dental structures. Most children can begin treatment at age four. Most children can alter their thumbsucking within 1-3 days.

  • An evaluation is made to determine if it is the right time to begin treatment.
  • Treatment consists of measurements and observation of their orofacial muscle functions, tongue behavior, swallowing/chewing patterns and lip strength. Supplies and exercises will be given that day to begin treatment at home. We will have fun and provide a comfortable atmosphere.
  • Special recognition is given to the patient at the end of the habit elimination program to congratulate them on the success of their hard work. A follow up appointment is encouraged to evaluate and ensure proper habituation of the new postural patterns.

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