The continuation of thumb sucking habit after the age of 3-4 is considered normal by experts. However, this habit, which continues in the later period, until the age of 9-10, can cause irregularities in the ordering of the teeth. Assoc. Dr. Aslı Patır Münevveroğlu said, “Always putting hands in contact with the outside world causes the child to be exposed to microbes. The continuation of this habit at later ages shows that this is a psychological phenomenon. “The deterioration of the structure, and the consequent deterioration in voice and speech can be seen.


Explaining that finger sucking behavior is only a psychological problem, Assoc. Dr. Aslı Patır Münevveroğlu said, “Therefore, more effective results can be obtained when the treatment plan to be applied is multidisciplinary. This also means that more than one specialist works together. The first is the physical or medical treatment to be carried out by the dentist; the second is the psychotherapeutic treatment in which the psychological infrastructure underlying this behavior is studied. often includes two different concepts, “he said.


Stating that the use of pacifiers in babies is very important, Assoc. Dr. Aslı Patır Münevveroğlu said, “There is a habit in the society like soaking pacifiers in something sugary and giving them to babies. This is a very wrong action. The size of the pacifier should be suitable for the structure of the mouth. Silicone pacifiers are especially recommended for families. It is not recommended after the age of age. The way pacifiers are used by dipping into sugary products leads to tooth decay, “he warned.


He explained the damages of the habit of using pacifiers until the age of 3-4 on the mouth and tooth structure with the following words:

“It can cause the upper teeth to be positioned anteriorly, the lower teeth inward, a significant narrowing in the palate structure (V-shaped palate), closing disorders between the lower and upper jaws called ‘open bite’ and speech disorders. malocclusion) may cause abrasions on the tooth surfaces, difficulties in chewing, function and excessive accumulation of burden on the bone and gum structures that support the teeth.When left untreated, many problems can become more serious over time and cause more complicated treatment. The important thing here is the early diagnosis of the problem, rather than the details of the treatment. Therefore, it is useful to have your child examined by a specialist at the age of 6-7, except for other dental problems, whether or not he has a complaint. “


Assoc. Dr. Aslı Patır Münevveroğlu shared the following information about treatment options:

“The child is convinced of the sucked finger and attaching a harmless apparatus called the appliance. It is difficult for the child to put this appliance in his mouth, as it is considered from a behaviorist point of view to stop sucking the finger, it will act as a reminder (stimulus) when he puts his finger in his mouth and can be effective in reducing the sucking behavior. This apparatus, which is used for a similar purpose to the appliances attached to the finger, is placed on the teeth of the child by the dentist. These arches can be effective in the improvement of the deteriorated tooth and mouth structure as well as its function.

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