Spec Care Dentist 32(6): 270–273, 2012
An innovative approach to cessation of thumb-sucking in a child with epilepsy: a case report
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2012
© 2012 Special Care Dentistry Association and Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Special Care in Dentistry
Volume 32, Issue 6, pages 270–273, November/December 2012
How to Cite
Chhabra, N., Chhabra, A. and Bansal, S. (2012), An innovative approach to cessation of thumb-sucking in a child with epilepsy: a case report. Special Care in Dentistry, 32: 270–273. doi: 10.1111/j.1754-4505.2012.00284.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2012
- reminder therapy;
- modified Bluegrass appliance
The thumb-sucking habit is acquired in infancy, but if it persists beyond preschool age, it can have deleterious effects on facial growth, oral function, occlusal relationship, and aesthetics, leading to dental and skeletal deformities. This paper presents a clinical case history of using nonpunitive reminder therapy to intercept the thumb-sucking habits of an 8-year-old child with epilepsy. A modified Bluegrass appliance was used along with the positive reinforcement. The modified Bluegrass appliance utilized an acrylic roller and was very comfortable for the patient; it was also successful in eliminating the habit within a short period of time.