Thumb & Pacifier Sucking

by | Oct 27, 2019 | Guides | 0 comments

Did you know that prolonged sucking of a pacifier or thumb can affect facial growth?

Unsure how to break the habit?

You may have heard that dummy (pacifier) sucking can lead to crooked teeth and narrow jaws? For an unsettled baby it may be a useful tool, but by 2 years of age, it can be a difficult habit to break.

Not only are these habits harder to break the longer they go on, they can also create a number of problems for your growing child due to the muscles working incorrectly.

Sucking habits are quite complex and often involve a combination of habit, emotional connection and mechanical stimulation – they can be extremely difficult and extremely frustrating to break.

This is where the Munchee can really help. The Munchee enables your child to replace a bad oral habit with a good one. The Munchee’s internal “prongs” create stimulation for the teeth and gums, the chewing action uses the muscles in the correct pattern and swallowing the extra saliva produced helps correct faulty patterns created through the sucking.

Chewing a Munchee between the ages of 2 and 5 is a great way for these children to improve the function and strength of the tongue, throat and lip muscles.

While the child has been using the pacifier, this has most likely been preventing the lips and teeth from coming together, which creates muscle weakness. This allows the tongue to thrust forward and create the open bite.

Over time this will make them more likely to dribble, develop poor speech, become mouth breathers and be more prone to ear infections.

How to use the Munchee to help overcome suck habits:

– Chewing a Munchee between 2 and 5 years of age is a great way for these children to improve the function of the tongue and throat muscles, and the strength of the lip muscles.

– A minimum 6-month period is recommended to help retrain the mouth and begin developing the muscles and jaw properly.

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