Fabi Moy Speech Language Pathologist, Certified Orofacial Myologist

Habit Elimination Program:

Child sucking thumbA positive behavior modification program for the elimination of prolonged sucking or noxious oral habits. Noxious oral habits may include: thumb sucking, tongue sucking, prolonged use of a pacifier, finger nail biting, object biting, clothing or blanket sucking beyond the age of four.

Outcomes of using a positive behavior modification digit elimination program:

  • high rate of success (greater than 95%)
  • increased self esteem and self confidence
  • decreased family tension
  • improved speech development
  • improvement in dental occlusion

Negative effects of prolonged sucking patterns:

  • Dental malocclusion such as: anterior open bite, protruding teeth
  • tooth grinding
  • headaches, jaw pain, ringing in the ear
  • excessive drooling
  • tongue thrust swallow pattern
  • difficulty biting food using front teeth
  • frequent stomach aches
  • decreased self esteem
  • infected nails or fingers
  • speech sound disorder such as lisping