Habit Therapy (Teeth Health)
Sucking is a perfectly natural reflex and can even begin in the womb. Young children can find it relaxing and comforting which is why so many sucking their thumb or finger when falling asleep.
Most children will naturally stop sucking their thumb between the age of two and four years old. This habit is perfectly harmless during the first two or three years of life, while a child still has their baby teeth and before the adult teeth begin to erupt.
Oral habits become more of a problem when they continue into early childhood, and they can affect the development of the teeth and jaws.
Pre-Eruption Guidance & Appliances Eruption Guidance
Pre-eruption guidance is a form of therapy that aims to intercept problems before they can become more severe or harder to correct. It’s possible for pediatric dentists to identify signs of teeth overcrowding or jaw problems while children are still growing.
Young children can be the perfect candidates for this therapy as it is designed to take full advantage of the child’s physical growth.
The primary aim of treatment is to help provide a solid foundation for permanent teeth, through using therapies that help create room for erupting teeth.
Baby teeth aren’t just for helping your child to learn to chew and talk properly. Each tooth helps guide the permanent tooth waiting to come through and replace it, and if baby teeth are lost too soon there’s an increased risk that the adult teeth will erupt incorrectly or in the wrong position.
The adjacent teeth can also drift in to the open space created by the loss of the baby tooth, and as a result there might not be sufficient room for the permanent tooth to erupt properly.