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December 11th
by: Delta Orthodontics Team

Thumb/finger sucking habits are quite normal in infancy and early childhood. Many children experience pleasure from these habits for the first few years of life and then terminate them of their own volition. To call undue attention to these habits at this early age may do more harm than good.

However, it is important to understand that these habits may become excessive as time goes by. Three factors used to determine IF the habit is excessive are:

  1. Intensity: How hard is the thumb/finger being sucked when it is in the mouth?
  2. Frequency: How often during the day and night does this sucking act occur?
  3. Duration: For how many years does the habit persist? (If the permanent teeth become affected, the concern intensifies.)

Each of these three factors may vary in degree from person to person. Therefore, no clear-cut formula can be derived, BUT it is known that:

INTENSITY + FREQUENCY + DURATION = EXCESSIVENESS

How can you, as a parent determine if such a habit has become excessive?

We can help you with that. Call our office (604-590-1172) for a free child orthodontic exam. No dentist referral is required for this exam.