Thumb Sucking

Stop thumb sucking in 30 days, with TGuard and Children's Dental Health of Lynchburg!

TGuard, the product line including the original, patented ThumbGuard­™  device and FingerGuard™ device, has been a favorite of Pediatric Dentists, Pediatricians, and Parents since 1995. Why? Because it works. Rather than trying to prevent thumb sucking, our patented technology allows it: but without the suction that creates the pleasure. If you break the suction, you break the habit! With a success rate greater than 95%, it is the most recommended product, in its class, on the market. Made in the USA from a soft, medical grade, BPA-free plastic, our FDA-listed solution, to your thumb or finger sucking problem, is the only product on the market guaranteed to stop thumb sucking in a safe, fun, and effective way!

What kind of damage can excessive thumb or finger sucking cause?

When a child engages in thumb or finger sucking, a powerful vacuum is created inside of the mouth, which, at a younger age, was once necessary for feeding. This vacuum applies forces to the teeth in the upper and lower jaws, much the same way that braces do, causing the teeth to change their position over time. As the child grows, the suction present in thumb sucking causes the roof of the mouth to be pushed upward, and to narrow, which leads to a medical condition that dentists refer to as a cross bite. Cross bite, malocclusion, and other conditions that involve an improper positioning of the teeth relative to the tongue, can often cause children to develop speech impediments, or the inability to pronounce certain sounds. Unfortunately, for these children, the only remedy to these problems is expensive orthodontic work, which is often painful, time-consuming, and unsightly.

Additionally, the child is at risk of becoming infected with any number of communicable diseases, as a result of putting dirty thumbs or fingers in their mouth. Some children experience social difficulties, as often children are taunted by their peers for engaging in what they can consider to be an “immature” habit. This taunting often results the child being rejected by the group or being subjected to ridicule by their peers, which can cause understandable psychological stress.

These problems can be avoided all-together, in as little as 3 weeks, by using TGuard ThumbGuard and FingerGuard, to stop the thumb sucking and finger sucking habit before it causes irreversible damage.

What other habits or conditions can be helped by the use of TGuard products?

Children suck their thumbs and fingers in order to relieve anxiety, to withdraw from stressful situations, or to simply relax before falling asleep. Some children develop additional habits to cope with these situations, such as hair pulling, eyelash pulling, and / or nose scratching. These habits all fall into the same category as thumb sucking, in that they provide a form of soothing relief to the child, and the connection between these habits are very strong. Parents who have children who have exhibited a combination of these habits, and then used ThumbGuard, have reported that all of the habits ceased after treatment and did not manifest themselves afterwards.

Additionally, for children who have epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or any other condition where the child is liable to involuntarily or voluntarily bite their thumbs or fingers, the ThumbGuard and FingerGuard can provide suitable protection to prevent damage to these areas.

 

When should children stop thumb sucking?

Although thumb sucking (or finger sucking) is a perfectly natural habit, it can cause significant damage to a child’s physical, emotional, and social development, if left untreated past a certain age. Studies researched at major dental institutions have demonstrated that the best time to stop thumb sucking between the ages of three and four, while many pediatric dentists claim that the damage is reversible if the child stops before the onset of permanent teeth, which occurs around ages five to six.

Please ask Children's Dental Health of Lynchburg, Dr. Shannon, Dr. Covey, or Dr. Summer, about T-Guard!


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