finger sucking and crooked teeth.

Danielle - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello ladies

I need some advice on my sons constant finger sucking. He is 16 months old and has been sucking on his middle and index finger since he was about 4 months old. We've tried to give his a suckies since then but he didn't take to them.

It seems now that his front teeth have been shifting and they now appear crooked. His one tooth is slightly jutting forward and looks as though it is veering across the other.

Im just not sure what to do. When we catch him we take his fingers out, but then he tantrums. We've tried giving his orthodontic suckies to see it this will help his transition (or until his teeth adjust normally), but he gags on them.

Is it a big deal that his baby teeth are coming in crooked? will it affect the outcome of his mature teeth? Has anyone used techniques like vinegar, or used 'icky' tasting products to stop an undesirable habit? How about using socks on his hands?



Any advice you help!!

Thanks.

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Nicolette - posted on 12/19/2013

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Putting on socks will not help because when you are not looking he will take it off. So try use aloe's instead.

Lindsay - posted on 01/17/2010

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We got the Mavala Stop nail polish for my daughter. it was around $8 on amazon.com. It worked like a charm. She stopped the first day. I applied it for a month but once we got through that first night, it was smooth sailing.

Kelly - posted on 01/17/2010

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My son sucked on his finger until he was about 2. His top row had a curve in it and everything. I found this product on a website called www.onestepahead.com that stopped my son's habit within 4-5 weeks ... I AM NOT KIDDING. It worked for my son. When you go to the website, search on fingerguard. There is a thumb guard and finger guard - I had to purchase the finger guard. It is $74.95 but worth it because it broke his habit and his teeth lined up again on their own.

Kelley - posted on 01/17/2010

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I am a dental hygienist, and from experience, it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to break the habit of finger sucking. Unless they want to stop on their own, it is very difficult. I have 2 kids that suck their thumbs, and I have tried everything from mittens to hot sauce. Nothing has worked. Orthodontists have an appliance that goes in the roof of the mouth called a palatal crib that breaks the habit almost immediately. I have seen many cases in my office where this appliance has worked miracles!!! However, the child needs to be around 6 or 7 years old before this can be placed in the mouth. I would definitely go ahead and save up for braces, because 99% of the time, all children will have malpositioned teeth due to finger sucking. Good luck!

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my mother who is an old fashion mexican mother :) would place hot sauce on our finger she said she tried it once after she did tried everything else in which didnt work..once after she did the hot sauce on our thumb we never did it again....

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My step daughter sucked her middle and ring finger until she was 7. The only thing that stopped it for us was having the orthodautist put a "cage" in her mouth that prevented her from gettting a good suck. She's now 12 and has braces. As long as you break the habit before the adult teeth come in he should be fine. You may want to wait until he's a little older and you can negotiate with him. Maybe then you can set up a reward system for him for not sucking his fingers.

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