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September 25, 2019

Until what age is thumb sucking normal?

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.…
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September 15, 2019

A quick guide to thumb and finger sucking and how to stop it…….

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.…
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June 2, 2019

HOW DO I BOTTLE FEED MY BABY FOR GOOD ORAL DEVELOPMENT?

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: -…
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May 28, 2019

DID YOU KNOW THAT BREASTFEEDING IS GREAT FOR GROWING HEALTHY LITTLE FACES?

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?…
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May 17, 2019

IF YOU THINK THUMB SUCKING IS NOT A BIG DEAL, YOU’RE WRONG.

I had a father tell me only last week that he couldn't do it anymore....if he yelled at his son one more time about his sucking habit, it would fracture their relationship.....and he didn't want that. No way. It sounds…
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January 17, 2019

HELP! SCHOOL IS ABOUT TO START AND MY CHILD IS STILL SUCKING THEIR THUMB!

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....…
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January 11, 2019

Our Certified Clinician in ICELAND….

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.…
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January 3, 2019

Our Certified Clinician in Wodonga….

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…
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December 29, 2018

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 💋
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December 13, 2018

LIP TIE HAS BECOME THE WORD ON PEOPLE’S LIPS (EXCUSE THE PUN) LATELY AND I WANTED TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT…

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…
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September 25, 2018

We are proud to introduce our TSC CERTIFIED PARTNER in BUNBURY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA!

OUR CERTIFIED PRACTICE PARTNER IN BUNBURY WA! We are so proud that we have the talented Dr Carmel Lloyd as our Certified Practice Partner in Bunbury, WA. Dr Carmel Lloyd is a General dentist with focus on Special needs dentistry,…
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September 18, 2018

REMINDERS TO STOP THUMB SUCKING…

REMINDERS!   For many children, stopping their digit sucking habit is often just implementing some reminders.   Bandaids have long been used for quitting oral habits, but its all in HOW YOU USE THEM that is the difference between success…
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September 14, 2018

Don’t ignore the snore!

If your child snores, its worth checking out. A 2012 study from the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology found that children who snored appeared to suffer impairment in neurocognitive and behavioral functions compared to non-snoring children, even if they didn't…
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September 10, 2018

HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED IN 80 YEARS TIME?

I was interviewed for an article a few weeks ago and I was asked, "Carla, in 80 years time, with all this thumb sucking clinic stuff you're doing, what would you like to be remembered for?" It was really confronting.…
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August 15, 2018

We are proud to introduce our TSC CERTIFIED PARTNER in VIRGINIA, USA!

We are very proud to introduce our VERY FIRST Certified Thumbsucking Clinic partner from the UNITED STATES, THE THUMBSUCKING INSTITUTE in Virginia. Led by experienced Speech Language Pathologist, Mary-Frances Gonzales, The Thumbsucking Institute is the very first of its kind in…
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August 13, 2018

We are proud to introduce our TSC CERTIFIED PARTNER in SOUTHPORT, GOLD COAST!

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…
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August 13, 2018

5 things every parent should know about thumb and finger sucking…..

PLEASE DON'T STRESS.....there is a lot of help out there for parents now and we don't want you to worry.  There is also a lot of help with orthodontics as well if you have concerns about your child's teeth START…
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August 11, 2018

We are proud to introduce our TSC CERTIFIED PARTNER in ADELAIDE!

Meet Emily King. Paediatric Speech Pathologist with a passion to help children stop sucking their thumbs. Emily is a certified practicing Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Emily prides herself on empowering children and their families to…
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August 9, 2018

More than words…

At the clinic, we like to use anatomical models so parents and kids have something to touch and feel, not just words to listen to..... Connection is really important to us....we're not just a business....this is our passion. We are…
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August 1, 2018

We are proud to introduce our TSC CERTIFIED PARTNER in CAIRNS!

We are proud to announce that the Certified Thumbsucking Clinic practice partner in the Cairns region is Sunbird Orthodontics. Led by wonderful and friendly Orthodontist, Dr Bobby Griffin, Sunbird Orthodontics staff all have children of their own, and naturally care…
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July 26, 2018

Spikes in the mouth should never be the first option…

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…
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July 25, 2018

I get to meet beautiful families in my clinic…..

I have a soft spot for all of the kids, but I do love the parents as well.... Especially the mothers...... You see, mothers have a tendency to be very self critical. They are always thinking of things they could…
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July 18, 2018

My child has Obstructive Sleep Apnea

My child has Obstructive Sleep Apnoea..... And I was the one who picked it up. Me.... Her mother.... As a health professional I knew something wasn't right.... But without all my investigations..... All of my pushing.... All of my whinging....nagging…
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July 18, 2018

Thumb sucking is like crack for kids…..

Well its not really..... (But secretly, all you parents of suckers out there, can I get a "HELL YEAH!") Well its not that far from the truth to be honest! When kids suck their fingers and thumbs, turns out there's…
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July 17, 2018

I heard having 4 kids was pretty much the same as having 3…..

I was like......who the HECK told you that lie???????? It sure is nuts.... "You must be sooooooo busy with 4....." "I don't know how you do it!" "Where on earth do you find the time?" But you know what? EVERYONE…
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July 12, 2018

Dental care means looking after the whole person……

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…
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July 10, 2018

Be gentle with me I’m only little…..

  Over the years, I have seen hundreds and hundreds of children and spoken to many parents about their kids oral habits..... And oh there are some weird habits going on out there! But the one thing people are often…
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July 6, 2018

We are proud to introduce our TSC CERTIFIED PARTNER in FRANKSTON VIC!

Introducing another one of our talented Certified Practitioners: VICTORIA, FRANKSTON AREA Dr Lauren Boundy, Osteopath & Orofacial Myologist, works in private practice in Frankston, Victoria. Lauren has a passion for helping people reach their potential and is well-versed in a thorough and…
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July 4, 2018

We are proud to introduce our TSC CERTIFIED PARTNER in PERTH!

Introducing the first of our Certified Thumbsucking Clinic partners! Jude Ottaway, the director of The Thumbsucking Centre in Perth is an Orofacial Myologist with over 30 years experience as a Dental Therapist and Dental Hygienist. With locations in Wembley and…
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July 3, 2018

Find a trusted clinician, look for the TSC Certified Symbol!

The Thumbsucking Clinic are world leaders in training Dental and Speech professionals in oral habit cessation programs! Want to see an expert clinician for YOUR child in YOUR area? Look for this symbol! This week I am going to introduce…
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July 1, 2018

The Only Certification Course of its kind in the world…..

What are you waiting for? If you can't help your patients, who will? Upskill and have patients for life.
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June 23, 2018

Do you love weekends?

I mean, I'm not sure about you, but at our place it can be FULL of activity..... Firstly, I'll be honest - there is always a lot of washing and tidying up..... And grocery shopping and prepping for the beginning…
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June 22, 2018

Such a fantastic day…..

What a fantastic day! Lots of patients smashing goals - giving up thumbs and fingers, getting their tongue placement and lip seal correct! We are so proud of you, you are all shining stars! 🌟 Enjoy your weekend! 🌈 love Carla and Jane 😊💖
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June 21, 2018

MYTH #6: DON’T WORRY, THEY’LL GROW OUT OF IT…..

Um.....sorry, not necessarily. Simply Google “adult thumbsucking” and you will get 42 000 results. There are websites dedicated to this habit. Famous suckers include Rhianna and Amy Winehous If you ask around, guaranteed, you will find someone with a grown…
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June 20, 2018

MYTH #5 -IT DOESN’T CAUSE ANY HARM!

Well, actually, that depends on each individual child. It depends specifically on duration, intensity and frequency. It depends on HOW they suck, what digits they suck ( for example, single finger suckers tend to have narrower palates compared to as…
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June 19, 2018

MYTH #4: THEY ARE DOING IT JUST TO UPSET ME – ITS DEFIANCE!

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…
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June 18, 2018

MYTH #3: STOP KIDS SUCKING AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE…..

Its true, the earlier a child stops sucking the better. But before 12 months, mouthing is normal. So we need to provide optimum opportunities for kids to suck and chew on oral developmentally-appropriate toys. By doing this, babies should turn…
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June 16, 2018

There is no such thing as an orthodontic pacifier….

There’s no such thing as an orthodontic dummy…..   And I hate to the be the one to to tell you.   But there really isn’t.   There are big multi-million dollar companies that want you to think there are…
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June 14, 2018

MYTH # 2 “ITS THE PARENT’S FAULT”

Sucking is a natural instinct for babies. As infants, the first contact a baby usually has with sucking is at their mother’s breast to drink breast milk. Milk contains a protein that is converted into serotonin in the brain and…
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June 13, 2018

6 MYTHS ABOUT THUMB AND FINGER SUCKING HABITS…..

I'm sure you've come across sooooooo many opinions about thumb and finger sucking from health professionals, other parents, strangers in Kmart (!!!)..... But how do you know what's real and what isn't?? Over the next few days, I'm going to…
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June 5, 2018

Eating and chewing can make our kids beautiful!

Its true! With yoghurt now coming in packets you can suck out of..... And water bottles the vessel of choice for drinking..... Kids just aren't getting the opportunity and developing the skills to chew hard crunchy foods and drink properly…
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June 4, 2018

As a dental health professional, I was untrained and useless…..

But as a parent, it was even worse.... It all started when my little girl couldn't stop sucking her thumb..... And it turned into an obsession. An obsession about why I wasn't equipped as a dental health professional with the…
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May 11, 2018

Throat Exercises for Sleep apnoea – whaaat???

That's right. Have you or your child been diagnosed with sleep apnoea? Did you know that our tongue, face and throat muscle therapy is a fantastic adjunctive treatment to sleep apnoea treatment ? Research shows that exercises to strengthen the…
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May 10, 2018

Dummies and Pacifiers are Brilliant!

There. I said it. Well they are! Kind of..... I mean, if you've ever had a bub that won't sleep and they love a dummy, your whole world revolves around the darn thing! Buuuut....they can become a problem. Studies show…
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April 7, 2018

Its the weekend so I can relax…said no mother ever…..

Know the feeling? I still get excited though when Friday rolls around. Maybe its the left over from the feeling you had when you were a kid and it was the last day of school for the week. But as…
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March 17, 2018

This week I was the Mum, not the health clinician….

As I sat and waited for my second daughter to come out of her surgery, I thought about all of the parents out there who are constant champions for their kids health. The parents who say "this isn't right" when…
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March 3, 2018

People ask how I got into this business and I tell them: my own family.

This is my first baby. She was such a delight - you know what its like, when you're a first time Mum.... My eldest daughter, when she was born, was a thumb sucker. "No worries," I thought, "I'm in the…
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February 17, 2018

When everyone sleeps well, the world looks brighter…

Cruising into the weekend with this little guy! An update on Master R...... If you haven't ready his story, scroll back and take a look. Our little guy had always been a difficult sleeper, and being our 4th child, we…
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January 16, 2018

Miss F’s Journey Part 3 – The Sleep Test

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…
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January 5, 2018

STOP THUMB SUCKING; Miss F’s story….

Well, at least that's what we are told. Parents: You don't want it to affect their teeth. You don't want them doing it when they go to school. As health clinicians, we know that thumb and finger sucking can affect…
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January 2, 2018

The results are in for our son’s sleep test!

THE RESULTS ARE IN! So I promised you all the results of Master R's sleep test. When I spoke to the Sleep Physician it certainly explained a lot. Turns out, our son has 22 arousals an hour. That means that…
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December 22, 2017

This is what a paediatric sleep test looks like.

Fragmented sleep means that sleep is interrupted during the night. In children, they may wake up completely, or be aroused from deep sleep at regular intervals without actually becoming conscious. There are lots of things that can cause fragmented sleep…
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December 12, 2017

Just a family looking for a good night’s sleep….

Over the weekend, we took our 4 children to Sydney, 3 of them for sleep testing. Two of them already have had surgeries to remove tonsils and adenoids and yet still things are not right. Sleep testing is a non-invasive…
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