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thumb sucking

The habit of sucking one's thumb. Intermittent thumb sucking is not abnormal, but prolonged and intensive thumb sucking past the time the first permanent teeth erupt at 5 or 6 years of age can lead to a misshapen mouth and displaced teeth. If the habit persists, combined dental and psychological therapy should be instituted.

Patient discussion about thumb sucking

Q. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS? People watch the unusual behavior of a person and decide their disorder. I strongly agree, but here is a critical question for you all. What does thumb or finger sucking mean in ADULTS?

A. It’s not a show to enjoy and laugh! It means that whomever you are talking about needs to see a psychologist. I am not joking. Things we are supposed to out-grow but don't, i.e. thumb sucking, imaginary friends or bed wetting, can represent serious problems or mental blocks.

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Higher prevalence of bruxism, object biting and thumb sucking habits among the SG may lead to TMJ pain and malocclusion.
In addition it is not unusual for babies to continue thumb sucking long into childhood, causing significant problems with the erupting adult teeth.
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These results corroborate the findings of other studies, that did not find a correlation between inadequate oral habits, such as atypical deglutition and thumb sucking and otitis media [Watase et al.
If a child's feeding habits are not regular, the child could possibly develop the habit of thumb sucking as a reflection of his hunger.
The American and Chilean researchers also looked at the effects of bottle feeding, breast feeding and thumb sucking on speech development.
Apparent covariation between child habit disorders: effects of successful treatment for thumb sucking on untargeted chronic hair pulling.
These can range from low self-esteem issues to bedwetting, thumb sucking and even ADHD.
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What to Do When Bad Habits Take Hold is a handy, softcover consumable book with black-and-white illustrations designed to help young people ages six to twelve overcome hard-to-stop habits like nail biting, thumb sucking, hair twirling, scab picking, and shirt chewing.
Holtzman says the sippy cup-caused problems are similar to those caused by thumb sucking.
Say, for the treatment of thumb sucking, actually one of the highest priorities of the Oregon Health Plan until people started ridiculing it.