Non-Nutritive Sucking Therapy Improves Children’s Oral Health In Washington D.C.

May 18, 2023

Washington, D.C. – Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics (202-410-0088) – Non-Nutritive Sucking Therapy Improves Children’s Oral Health.

Is your child still sucking their thumb even though they're well past the breastfeeding age?

While the habit may be comforting for them, thumb sucking (clinically referred to as non-nutritive sucking) can cause long-term developmental damage for your child.

Luckily, Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics' new initiative aims to improve children's oral health and reduce the negative effects of non-nutritive sucking (NNS) habits.

The Washington D.C. location's primary physician, Dr. Jonelle Grant Anamelechi, is expanding her team to create a full suite of pediatric dentistry and orthodontic services and treatment, all in one convenient location.

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✦ The Problem With NNS ✦

Non-nutritive sucking (NNS), more commonly referred to as thumb or finger sucking, can cause severe developmental issues with the teeth, jaw, and facial muscles. As your child grows, these issues grow with them.

If left untreated, NNS habits can lead to speech difficulties as children learn to talk. As kids grow into teenagers, these early-stage concerns can result in a misshapen face and jaw.

✦ Getting Rid of NNS ✦

Children's Choice has an in-house specialist that uses myofunctional therapy to effectively retrain a child’s orofacial muscles. This therapy helps correct and relieve functional issues while enhancing children's facial appearance.

Not only does NNS therapy improve your child's oral health, but their respiratory and digestive health as well. With proper musculature in the mouth, children are able to eat, breathe, swallow, and speak more effectively.

✦ About Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics ✦

Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics provides an array of services to improve children's oral health. The company has locations in Washington D.C. and New Carrollton, MD.

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"Oral habits in growing children determine teeth, face, jaw, and airway development. Correcting poor habits early can transform a child’s present and future oral health," says one spokesperson for the company.

Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics also provides laser frenectomy services for children born with lip-tie or tongue-tie (ankyloglossia). This service creates more lip and tongue mobility for children with these conditions, improving their respiratory and digestive health.

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