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TAKING CARE OF BABIE'S TEETH

TAKING CARE OF BABIE'S TEETH

EFFECTS OF DIGIT SUCKING IN CHILDREN

Digit sucking is a natural reflex for children. It is a proven fact that children start this habit inside the womb (intra uterine). It makes them feel secure and happy but its effect is detrimental to their developing teeth. It may also occur due to some irritation in the gum during the phase when their teeth are budding. Digit sucking tampers with the growth of the teeth thus causing problems with the alignment of teeth, speech impediment, tongue thrusting and gingivitis. This behavior can be stopped through various ways which include:

1. Behavioral management that is encouraging the child not to engage in digit sucking;

2. Identifying and dealing with the cause, for instance digit sucking can be caused by anxiety and thus you identify and correct the cause of anxiety and provide comfort to the child.

3. use of mechanical reminders for example sock on hand, pepper on favorite fingers or palatal rake (a device placed behind the upper front teeth.

Please note that none of the solutions will work if the child is not compliant. The child must be willing and ready to break the habit otherwise this list is as good as no list.

Category: Teeth