Digit Sucking

Kid and Child focused Dentist In Grand Blanc MI

Digit sucking is a habit that occurs in infants. Children usually give up digit sucking by the age of four. If the child continues past the age when their permanent teeth start to erupt, they may develop crooked teeth and a malformed roof of their mouth. This results from the frequency, duration, intensity, and position of the digit in the child’s mouth. This can also affect the position of the upper and lower jaw and can also affect speech.

Suggestions to break the habit:

  • Wait till the time is right (low stress).
  • Motivate your child (show examples of what could happen to their teeth and fingers/thumbs).
  • Use a reward system (small incentives will encourage your child to stick with it).

We have extensive experience in helping children break this habit. Please ask a member of our Team about methods for your child.

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Grand Blanc Pediatric Dentistry

5 out of 5 stars based on 13 reviews.

Patient Testimonial By Faith L

The inside of the office is beautiful and so kid friendly! Beautiful office and staff!

- Faith L

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Patient Testimonial By Everett O

The entire staff was incredible with the care of my three year old. He came in needing some work done and he was a bit apprehensive. The staff was so patient with him and really took their time to make him feel safe and comfortable. I highly recommend GBPD to anyone who is looking for a dentist for their little ones. ️

- Everett O

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Patient Testimonial By Sarah B

Great facility and wonderful staff!

- Sarah B

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Patient Testimonial By Melva H

The staff is very friendly and helpful with and accommodating a child with autism. 100% helpful making my child comfortable.

- Melva H

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Patient Testimonial By Mandi C

Amazing place

- Mandi C

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Patient Testimonial By Crystal N

Everyone is the office is so nice! Everything about their office is so inviting for kids and their parents. From the presentation of their office to the friendliness and comfort of the staff! It was our first visit and my son left saying "I can't wait to go back to the dentist!" Yes, my son actually said that...all day long after his apt! They put everything in words for my son to feel comfortable and not afraid. We were referred to them from another dentist and we will continue to use them for both our boys!

- Crystal N

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Patient Testimonial By Justine J

My daughter has bad anxiety over the dentist (like every child) and they are so good with her. They take their time with her and make sure she is ready. I recommend this place to everyone!

- Justine J

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Patient Testimonial By Dayna W

Our 3 year old son had his first ever dentist appointment today at grand blanc pediatric dentist and he did so amazing! The entire staff was wonderful and made him excited about his visit. Dr Kate and dental hygienist Kara were so incredibly sweet and made our son feel so comfortable, even going back for his appointment without mommy in the room ️ He told me when we got in the car that he can’t wait to go back for his next appointment ️ I definitely would recommend this office for your little ones.

- Dayna W

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Patient Testimonial By Amelia D

All of the staff were kind and very helpful. Definitely will be returning.

- Amelia D

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Patient Testimonial By Thara H

I absolutely love this dentist they are amazing they are kind sweet and caring and they know how to take care of your children

- Thara H

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Patient Testimonial By Aubrey A

Love our dentist office! Well worth the hour drive for our sons appointments! Dr Ratliff is amazing and answered all our questions after his procedure. We will continue to see her for all our sons dental needs!

- Aubrey A

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Patient Testimonial By Janet D

This appointment was for my 1 year old son Cody .. he had a cracked tooth and they had to pull it .. They all was very nice and very good to me and my son ! The doc actually took the time to play with my son to make him his feel comfortable and safe with her .. my son let her take him from me and I knew he would be ok even tho I still cry like a baby lol .. but I just wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU !! So much to all u ladies and to his doc today .. He even got a nickname peanut lol .. I’m proud to say my son now has a dentist to for to ! Thanks again for everything! You guys are the BEST!!!

- Janet D

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Patient Testimonial By Meghann S

I take all my children here. After a bad experience at another pediatric office, my kids hated the dentist. Since we switched to GBPD my kids don’t scream or cry when it’s time to go to the dentist!

- Meghann S

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