Thumb Sucking Habit

Related Terms: Midline Diastema, Oral Habits, Spacing In Between The Teeth, Bruxism, Appliances For Thumb Sucking, Bottle Feeding, Congenital Abnormalities

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How to Prevent Thumb Sucking Habit of Infants?
Article Overview: This article discusses everything about the thumb sucking habit, which includes causes, prevention, and treatment.  Read Article »
Dr. Shruti

Thumb sucking is the placement of the thumb at various depths into the mouth. It is normal for a child to put his thumb into his mouth up to 3 years of age. Thumb sucking can be divided into psychological and habitual. The psychological habit may have a deep-rooted emotional factor involved. In ...  Read Article »
Is it safe to use a pacifier for thumb sucking habit?
Query: Hi doctor,My daughter has developed a habit of thumb sucking. The doctor advised for a pacifier. Is that safe to use? I heard that using Pacifier will make my baby not suck breast milk anymore. Also, will it lead to misalignment of the front teeth once she grows up? Please advise what to do. Is it...  Read Full »
Dr. Rakesh Mittal
Medical Oncologist

Answer: Hi,Welcome to a pacifier is quite safe for the habit of thumb sucking if you can maintain hygiene.It will not interfere with breast sucking. Regarding teeth problem, usually, it does not happen.Whatever you do should be with the opinion of your pediatrician.For further information...  Read Full »
Does one need treatment for gap in front teeth?
Query: Hello doctor,I have a gap in front teeth may be it is diastema. Teeth are not fully separated apart starting from gum line like typical diastema. They have only slight gap below the gum line, may be less than an mm. I want to know:Whether this gap between the teeth require any kind of treatment othe...  Read Full »
Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The treatment is required for an esthetic purpose only. Radiographs look fine (attachment removed to protect patient identity) to me. Along the years, the gap might increase due to a shift of the two teeth leading to an increase in the gap. There is no exercise to clos...  Read Full »
Early Detection of Dental Problems in Kids
Article Overview: It is of utmost importance that parents routinely examine the intraoral region of their kids for any anomaly of soft tissues or hard tissues like milk tooth, permanent tooth and the jaw. Most of the oral and maxillofacial anomalies seen in children can be corrected by taking appropriate preventive steps in the growing stage itself.  Read Article »
Dr. Naveen Thomas

It is very important to routinely examine the intraoral region of the kids for any anomaly of soft tissues or hard tissues. For this, the parents should have a basic knowledge about the function of the mouth and the intraoral parts and its esthetics. Some of the common features which ...  Read Article »
Nervous Habits in Children: Homeopathic Approach
Article Overview: Nail biting, thumb sucking, nose picking, hair twirling, pulling hair and grinding teeth are some nervous habits commonly present in children. These are caused by a mental disorder. This article focuses on the homeopathy approach to the same.  Read Article »
Dr. Potnuru Srinivaasa Sudhakar
Homeopathic Physician

1. Nail Biting The other name for nail biting is onychophagia. Those who feel a compulsion to bite nails and fingertips can vary in severity from mild and occasional to persistent nail biting. Severe nail biting is a long-term problem which causes nail deformity and infections around the nailbed. ...  Read Article »
How to fix the gap between the front teeth?
Query: Hi doctor, I was looking into veneers and invisalign to fix the gap between my front teeth. I am not sure what would fix them. So, I am looking for some initial advice. I have attached a picture for you to view. Thank you.  Read Full »
Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and attached photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, let me know you that the space between upper front teeth, which you are having, is called midline diastema. It can occur due to many reasons like abnorma...  Read Full »
Esthetic Era - Treatment for Midline Diastema
Article Overview: In this article, we will discuss various treatment options for a gap in upper front teeth, medically known as midline diastema.  Read Article »
Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

What Is Midline Diastema? Midline diastema is the gap present between the upper front teeth irrespective of spacing present between the lower front teeth. If the gap present between the upper front teeth is more than 0.5 mm proximally, space is visible between the upper central incisors. Usually, ...  Read Article »


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