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COVID-19 UPDATE

With all that has been happening in the last week, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to close the doors to Thumbsucking Clinic for the moment.   Treating oral habits is not essential right now.   Your child’s happiness and your own sanity is.   We hope to start posting some …
As clinicians, we are used to having bodies in our dental chairs – heads back, mouths open and teeth being counted, tissues being examined. But one of the best things we can do for our patients is take more note of their faces and mouths BEFORE they even get in the dental chair. Touted as …
The Australian Dental Association recommends that babies have their first dental assessment when their first tooth is visible or by 12 months. Would YOU know what to do? First tooth, lumpy gums, tongues with ties, oral reflex development…..would YOU know what’s normal, how to recognise variations, how to screen for anomalies and when to refer …
WHAT ARE THEY? The adenoids are lymphatic tissue glands located in the roof of the mouth, behind the soft palate where the nose connects to the throat. Their job is to produce antibodies, or white blood cells, that help fight infections. Like tonsils, sometimes they can grow large enough to restrict airflow through the nose …
All parents want their children to grow up health with beautiful smiles…..that’s why one of the most disconcerting habits children develop is thumb sucking. If your preschooler, aged five, is still sucking their thumb, you might be a bit worried. You might be wondering if this habit of theirs will continue or if it’s a …
We get asked this question a lot…so let’s find out where sucking comes from and why it starts in the first place. Infants are born with the natural instinctual urge to suck. Some parents who come to us will often talk about ultrasound images of their child sucking their thumb or finger in the womb. …
15Thumb-sucking is common among babies and toddlers. It’s a natural reflex that is required for nutrition whether the child is breast or bottle feeding. It is also an instinctual response to calm and soothe a child in times of stress. The fact is that babies begin sucking their thumbs even while they are in their …
Many Mums can’t or choose not to breastfeed, so what is the best way to bottle feed your baby for good oral development. Here are a couple of quick tips to keep in mind when bottle feeding your baby: – DON’T FEED BABY LYING FLAT. Its best to hold bub upright on more of a …
We all know about the many benefits of breast milk. It strengthens baby’s immune system, it provides optimal nutrition…….. But did you know that breastfeeding your child also has a positive impact on your their growing face, jaws and teeth? Studies show that breastfeeding helps to develop the muscles of the face and tongue and …

NEW COURSE ANNOUNCEMENT!

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT! On the 1st of April, we will be launching a new course – Smiley Little Faces – a course for 0 – 4 years for Oral Health Professionals. Our 12 month mentorship program begins with a 6 module online intensive that gives you the most up to date, cutting edge knowledge and skills …
Lets be honest – by the time school starts, oral habits like thumb and finger sucking are something we would all liked gone, right? As parents, we are desperate to ensure our children start their first schooling year off right…. So IS stopping a thumb or finger sucking habit an important thing to do before …
We are incredibly proud to introduce our Thumbsucking Clinic Certified Partner practitioner in ICELAND. Sonja Magnusdottis is a Speech Language Pathologist in private practice in Akureyri, Iceland, with B.A. Icelandic sign language / linguistics (University of Iceland 1998) and M.A. Speech Language Pathology (University of Akron, OH, USA, 2002). Sonja enjoys seeing children and has …
Its 2019! Time to meet more of our talented recommended Thumbsucking Clinic Practice Providers! Meet Ellen, our recommended provider in Albury, Wodonga. Ellen is an experienced paediatric nurse and midwife who has found a passion with Orofacial Myology. Ellen has completed her study with The Thumb Sucking Clinic so she can collide her passions together. …

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Hope you have had a beautiful Christmas with the people you love ❤️ 2019 is shaping up to be an amazing year here at the Clinic and I can’t wait to share all of our news with you! Talk soon!! Carla ?
I screen all of my patients for tongue and lip tie every day and I can tell you one thing……   You CANNOT diagnose a lip tie from a photo or its appearance only.   It is all about how the lip FUNCTIONS.   So how do you tell if a child has a lip …
I screen all of my patients for tongue and lip tie every day and I can tell you one thing……   You CANNOT diagnose a lip tie from a photo or its appearance only.   It is all about how the lip FUNCTIONS.   So how do you tell if a child has a lip …
We are proud to introduce our Certified partner practice on the GOLD COAST….. GOLD COAST DENTAL & DENTURE CENTRE in Southport, headed up by owner and Oral Health Therapist and Orofacial Myologist, Imola Foster. A former thumb sucker herself and mother of a daughter who used to finger-suck, Imola is wholely committed to all her patients’ overall health as …
Its hard to believe but its true… For a long time, this is the only option the dental community has had when home remedies haven’t worked. For some, it has been the only option on offer. And I’m sorry. But you see, we ARE trying…. Some of us are really really trying….. Because we understand …
What makes you enjoy your work? Me? I want to help people. You see, I work in health. BUT I work in a healthcare profession that doesn’t traditionally work with any other healthcare professionals…… And the longer I spend in my career, the more that bothers me….. We are the healthcare professionals who are able …
It is true that children who suck are often highly emotional, extremely intelligent little people. But surprisingly, often the act of defiance and continued sucking is because the children themselves don’t know how to stop……. Many kids suck for simple comfort or as a habit, but others suck because if makes them FEEL BETTER.  Many …
MISS F part 3 – Why is She Still Having Problems with her Sleep? When we left off in Part 2, Miss F had had her tonsils and adenoids removed, but continued to have issues with coughing and choking in her sleep. Things hadn’t improved that much for her. So off we trod to Sydney …
MISS F part 3 – Why is She Still Having Problems with her Sleep? When we left off in Part 2, Miss F had had her tonsils and adenoids removed, but continued to have issues with coughing and choking in her sleep. Things hadn’t improved that much for her. So off we trod to Sydney …