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Oral Habits Correction

Many children develop oral habits, such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, at a young age. Most habits disappear after a few years and do not pose a risk to the child’s oral health. However, persistent habits can result in harm to the developing teeth and occlusion. We can help you correct your child’s oral habits before they result in complex issues.

Nearly all children develop at least one of the following oral habits during their early years:

  • Thumb sucking
  • Finger sucking
  • Tongue thrusting
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Lip biting
  • Lip sucking
  • Mouth breathing

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These habits often appear around age two and disappear by age six. Most cases are mild and will not affect the development of your child’s oral health. There is little cause for concern unless the habit is prolonged and/or aggressive.

If you are concerned about your child’s oral habits, we encourage you to bring your child to see our dentists at Pedo Pearlz. We will gladly assess your child’s oral health for signs of a developmental risk. If necessary, our team will work with you to create a prevention strategy based on the cause of your child’s oral habit. Many habits, such as thumb sucking, are formed to help your child feel more secure. Reducing sources of anxiety in their environment can encourage your child to cease unhealthy oral habits. Our team can also help you establish reward methods and even provide oral appliances to protect the tooth alignment.

The benefits of Orthodontic Treatment
  • Improvement in appearance which can also improve self-esteem.
  • Straight teeth are easier to clean and therefore the risk of decay and gum disease is reduced.
  • Correcting way teeth bite together can enable normal chewing and also eliminate other problems, such as headaches, caused by an incorrect bite.
  • Correcting protruding front teeth reduces their risk of damage from accidental trauma.
  • Preparation for advance dental treatment, such as implants, crowns or bridges.