Joy Lantz

Thumb Sucking

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is a habit that sometimes starts before birth. This habit can be unfavorable due to the thumb’s ability to cause low tongue posture. The pressure of the thumb can push the roof of the mouth up, causing it to narrow. It can also push the teeth out and apart and cause the teeth to have an open bite where they are unable to come together. This habit can cause issues with teeth and speech and facial development.

                    

Through orofacial myofunctional therapy and positive reinforcement, the thumb sucking habit can be stopped. At times, stopping the habit may be able to shorten the time needed for braces and improve speech articulation.