Habit can be defined as a fixed or constant practice
established by frequent repetition.
Usually children will
develop unhealthy habits. These
habits usually fade away as they grow up, if the practice persists after the
permanent teeth have erupted, it can drastically change the growth patterns of
the jaw and can ruin the alignment of
Children have a very soft bone in their jaw, so if they catch such habits it can make
the soft jaws change its shape according to the force being applied on it.
So it’s very important to stop these habit by
making the child understand the consequences of continuing such habits. But for
some kids they need some appliance to break the habit.,
What are the available appliances
At cosmodent we study
the habit of child and we make a treatment plan. Here are the basic treatment
option for some of the common oral habits
If your child has a
thumb or finger sucking habit that has persisted past the age of five, and you
have been unable to tame it, a more permanent solution to thumb sucking is an
appliance called a fixed palatal crib or
a rake-style appliance.
It's the natural swallowing movement of tongue, but some kids take it as a habit to
repeat this movement which will result in the deformity of the arch.If the
pattern doesn’t change, however, it can lead to problems similar to those
caused by thumb sucking like problems with tooth alignment and skeletal
This is treated with
a tongue thrusting habit breaking appliance. This can be either in the form of the crib, rake, spiky style or beaded
Normally breathing is through nose, mouth breathing can lead to decrease in
saliva and it makes teeth more prone for caries.
One can probably assume that there may be some
kind of psychological disturbance in the child’s mind. This
must be identified and rectified at an earlier stage whenever possible.Some habits develop due to anatomical deviation. As blocked nose due to recurrent cold or deviated septum
can force the child from mouth and thus the habit of mouth breathing develops.
Appliance used for
treating this is an oral screen. The oral screen prevents the inhaled air to
enter the oral cavity. The oral cavity can also be closed.
cause also leads to bad oral habit, at cosmodent
our super specialist pedodontist will help you find right cause and etiology
and help you with best suitable appliance Treating the oral habit at an early
age is the most effective way to prevent further dental health problems.
Minimum time for a habit to break is 4
months. If you take the treatments for granted it can cost you not only
money but also your child’s permanent teeth.