Tuesday, 30 January 2018
Q: I have two questions about a method to get rid of thumb sucking in a child. First, how many days should we consider reasonable for eliminating the habit? Second, What if they mess up? A: I am glad you asked me those questions. In our Unplugging the Thumb program, we use ten consecutive
Saturday, 15 July 2017
Q: Parents often ask me which Sippy Cup to use. Are the ones with straws better? A: Because there are so many types of Sippy Cups, I have created a video on our website under the Media Button that deals specifically with that topic. You’ll learn that the length, width, hardness, and much more are
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
My student went 9 consecutive days, and the night before his 10th, he didn't wear "sockie" because he didn't think he needed it anymore. Needless to say, he put his hand in his mouth during the night. My question: After the 10 days, will this continue to occur?
Friday, 15 April 2016
I evaluated a two year old girl today who already has overjet and an anterior open bite with a high palate due to her thumb sucking. Would you use your program with a child this young?
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
...few very simple exercises that an older three year old could do just to get used to having a clear airway and a tongue that finally doesn't have to hang down or forward or out in order to try to increase airway space.
Tuesday, 01 December 2015
Does a tongue thrust ever just “develop" after a client has been in braces for a period of time? Or it is more likely that the tongue thrust was present but just undetected until a certain time? Or would it depend upon the occlusion and other factors?
Friday, 30 October 2015
Mom says she has tried everything and nothing has worked. It is also interesting to note that this same child has significant weakness of the tongue.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
We look at several things here. First of all, look at where the frenum inserts into the floor of the mouth. Is it on or right below the lower alveolar ridge? Or is it fairly far back on the floor? Also, look where the frenum inserts into the tongue itself. Is it about midway or is it closer to the tip? Or is it far down at the base of the tongue?
Sunday, 15 March 2015
I had a patient yesterday. Nine years old, forward tongue thrust. Severe allergies and asthma. These are under control as much as they are going to be. Age 9. To see orthodontist soon. So, is this one that I take as far as possible knowing it will not correct totally?
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
at times her tongue was in and her lisp were together (which suggests to me that there are no nasal breathing issues). Her tonsils were not visible (small???). She seemed to easily be able to breathe through her nose. Parents report that she does snore a little. Her cheeks were pretty "puffy" looking, but she is a young child so it seemed like it could be just a baby face. On the inside of her mouth, her cheeks seemed really "thick".