For some of us as parents and children, we know how difficult it is to stop the 'habit', that is, thumb sucking! This is probably one of the most common habits, and for most of us, we often stop in our early years. However, it is a difficult habit to break and there are many ways and bribes that we all have given to our children.

If your child is still sucking his or her thumb, once the permanent teeth have erupted, it can begin to affect the teeth. If the habit is discontinued early, teeth may begin to return to their normal state as children are undergoing their growth and development. You can also buy the hand stopper thumb guard by visiting the Amazon Australia website.

As parents, we often give our children rewards or a little bribe, but as we know it does not always work. Often, the thumb is sucked for comfort, and anything to 'break' the comfort will help stop the habit.

All habit breakers act as a reminder – let your child know that 'the thumb is in the mouth and it has to be taken out'. There are varnishes that you can paint on nails that are tasteless! If a child sucks his thumb while sleeping, we may consider wrapping the thumb in a bandage or use a sock as a glove, which again does not provide much comfort when they try to suck their thumb.

If this habit is continued through adolescence, it can have serious consequences on the developing teeth. Brace treatment will often be required with fixed braces.