Fingers, thumbs, binkies, the ear of a favorite stuffed animal, the corner of a loved blanket . . . Studies show that up to 90% of young children engage in non-nutritive sucking. A little over half stop by the age of two and by age four, 90% of children have stopped. So, do we need to intervene and put a halt to sucking habits? Does it really matter? Conway Jensen, DDS, talks about the oral effects of non-nutritive sucking, at what age it becomes a problem, and gives advice on how to get your pediatric dental patients to stop this difficult habit.

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