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Habits

Pacifier/Thumb/Finger Sucking

Digit-Sucking

The large majority of children suck their thumbs or fingers as infants, and most grow out of it by the age of four, without causing any permanent damage to their teeth. If your child continues sucking after permanent teeth erupt, or if he sucks aggressively, let us know and we can check to see if any problems may arise from the habit.

The large majority of children suck their thumbs or fingers as infants, and most grow out of it by the age of four, without causing any permanent damage to their teeth. If your child continues sucking after the age of 3, or if he sucks aggressively, let us know and we can check to see if any problems may arise from the habit.

Pacifier Use

As newborns get older, sucking serves many purposes. It often makes them feel comforted, secure, and happy. The soothing effect can calm nerves and anxiety especially when separated from a parent and for sleep purposes. Pacifier habits can eventually cause an open bite where the top and bottom front teeth don't come into occlusion. It is an easier habit to break when compared to a thumb or finger habit. We recommend to try and eliminate this habit before the child's 3rd birthday. This will allow the teeth to drift back into their natural position.