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Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Baby gum deformed from sucking thumb?

Thumb sucking: It is normal and i would not worry unless it goes beyond two years. Children can change the shape of their palate with thumb sucking. Don't stress it and consult your pediatrician or pediatric dentist. ...Read more

Dr. David May
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Thumbsucking (Definition)

Dentists generally call these, digit habits, fingers thumb, finger nails. If the person seems to have their fingers in their mouth after the initial eruption of the primary teeth they may have developed the habit. It can be a soothing reflex but can cause growth alterations in the eruption of the ...Read more


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I had been sucking my thumb for 16 years. I already have braces (and stopped thumbsucking). Will it be able to correct my teeth problem??

I had been sucking my thumb for 16 years. I already have braces (and stopped thumbsucking). Will it be able to correct my teeth problem??

You should: If everything goes well with your orthodontic treatment and you wear your retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist, I don't see any reason why your teeth should not look great. And definitely since you stopped the bad habit of sucking your thumb, I think you are on your way. Good luck. ...Read more

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17 years old still suck thumb. Have a big lump on the palm of my sucking thumb, hurts but doesn't itch. Recently, new small bumps grew and it itches.

17 years old still suck thumb. Have a big lump on the palm of my sucking thumb, hurts but doesn't itch. Recently, new small bumps grew and it itches.

Find substitute : Seems like you've been going through a lot being only 17 your use of your thumb as a coping mechanism stems from child hood habit of using it to comfort you. You need to find a substitute or see a psychologist who uses hypnosis to leave the thumb behind because your an adult and can have a normal looking thumb again so it will look like the other one. ...Read more

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How do I stop sucking my thumb?

How do I stop sucking my thumb?

Why do it?: The real question is, "what does thumb sucking accomplish?" for small children, it's easy. It eases boredom, provides relaxation and some mild stress relief. For adults, it can do a lot of the same things, but most adults have learned other coping skills, or learned to deal with life's stresses. Thumb sucking obviously serves a purpose, and a therapist can help find them and form new coping skills. ...Read more

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How can I stop sucking my thumb?

How can I stop sucking my thumb?

Nail polish: Couple of things you might consider: wear a sock on your hand when you go to bed, create a barrier between the thumb and your mouth, another is to look at your self in a mirror as you suck your thumb, keep that visual in mind when you feel the urge. Third , you can purchase a nail polish that is designed to taste bad when you put your thumb in your mouth. You can obtain it at the grocery store. ...Read more

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Teenage cousin wont stop sucking her thumb, how to stop her?

Teenage cousin wont stop sucking her thumb, how to stop her?

Cant force her: A dentist can put in a mouth guard that doesn't allow her to get her thumb in her mouth. Seeing a counselor to help discern why she still does it (anxiety and comfort are usually why) and to help give her other ways to self comfort would also be helpful. ...Read more

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How to stop thumb sucking?

How to stop thumb sucking?

Age of patient?: Infant: offer pacifier toddler: out of sight, out of mind child: peer pressure, thumb sucking splint (breaks the suction), painting nails with bitter substance specially designed for this teen/adult: habit replacement therapy, plus child treatments. ...Read more

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How can I stop thumb sucking?

How can I stop thumb sucking?

Yours or a child's?: If you're asking about you, just stop sucking your thumb. Try chewing gum. If you're talking about a child, it depends on the age. If it's a baby or a toddler, you can't, so stop worrying about it. A baby who needs to suck will suck, and almost all grow out of it. If it's an older child try a system of rewards for not sucking, like gold stars or a desirable toy. ...Read more

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How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

How can I stop my child from thumb-sucking?

Teddy bear can work: A toddler (I hope s/he is at least this old) uses the thumb to self sooth while exploring the world.If you give them a teddy bear/soft snuggle of some sort, that will keep one hand/arm busy,it helps them self sooth. Since they need a free hand/fingers to touch and explore, they stay out of the mouth.Don't fuss at them about it, as that gives them anxiety, which requires self soothing. ...Read more

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Should i stop my 4 mth old from sucking her thumb?

Should i stop my 4 mth old from sucking her thumb?

No: Sucking her thumb is a method by which she can calm and comfort herself. It is natural at this age. ...Read more

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