Teething – Can cause systemic distress
Increased temperature, GI irritation, diarrhea, dehydration, increased salivation.
It is important to discuss the need to wean from the habits before malocclusion or skeletal dysplasia occurs. For school-aged children, counseling regarding habits is appropriate. It occurs in 70-90% of children.
Digit habits are harder to break than pacifier habits. Both conventional pacifiers and orthodontic pacifiers have the same effect on orofacial structures.
Habits of sufficient frequency, intensity, and duration can contribute to:
An age-appropriate injury prevention counseling for parents/caregivers should be put in place for potential orofacial trauma accidents.
Discussions with parents would include play objects, pacifiers, car seats, and chewing of electric cords. Little ones love to put things into their mouths.