Tips to stop thumb sucking and dependence on pacifiers

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There are a lot of tools that we can utilize to help children to transition from a pacifier, to no pacifier. One of them is to find interesting goals, that if they want to go on a trip, you mark down how many days they are able to go without the pacifier and they get a treat at the end. There are dental appliances that go in the mouth that have little balls and little gates that can help a child remember not to put the thumb in their mouth. If just discussing isn't enough. You can also put mitts on, ski mitts, socks over their hands. It's also helpful to help them find other ways to soothe themselves, giving them a voice about choices and comfort. If they do not stop this habit, they can get a deviant swallow. They can change the shape of their palate permanently.

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Gina Gonzalez, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Gina Gonzalez, DDS has been interested in dental care most of her life. She started working as a dental assistant in high school.  After graduating, she pursued her career by attending the University of Southern California from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene in 1982.  She was involved in creating new standards for dental hygiene in Spain where she also developed a dental hygiene school.

Dr. Gina Gonzalez earned her doctorate of dental surgery from the USC School of Dentistry in 1991.  As a lifelong learner, Dr. Gonzalez continues to study preventive and esthetic dentistry at renowned educational institutions all over the United States.  Her certifications include CEREC technology and Invisalign.  In addition to providing superb dental services to patients in her office, she dedicates her knowledge and skill to many philanthropic projects in the community and worldwide.  Annually, she is involved in a dental mission to Guatemala in which she provides dental care to people who would go without it otherwise.  She also regularly serves the elderly in Southern California through the Oral Eldercare Program. Dr. Gina Gonzalez is part of the USC School of Dentistry Board of Directors and is a member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association.   

In her leisure time, she enjoys Salsa dancing, participating in the art of Krav Maga and entertaining her two wonderful daughters.

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