Statement of Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands we provide dental services.

We acknowledge the deep feeling of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to Country.

We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people attending our services.

We are committed to improving the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices and names of people who have passed away.

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Clinic closure

Our Birkenhead (Le Fevre) clinic is currently closed. Please phone (08) 8243 5629 during this period.

Dummies and thumb sucking

boy sucking thumb

Thumb sucking is a natural habit for babies

Babies usually stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of two and four.

Dental problems related to jaw growth and the position of teeth can occur if thumb sucking or dummy use continues after the age of six or seven when the permanent teeth come through. Talk to a dental professional if you are concerned.

If your baby has a dummy, do not put anything sweet on it, such as honey or jam. This can cause tooth decay. Clean a dummy under running water, not in your mouth.