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Although thumb sucking can be a soothing activity for babies and young children, its effects are anything but soothing to the body. In fact, thumb sucking can affect craniofacial growth and development of airways, hindering functions such as breathing, speaking and swallowing. This new book by a dentist details the effects of thumb sucking on growing children to help parents recognize early symptoms so they can avoid problems with their child's health.

"Why the Long Face? A Story About Thumb Sucking" stars Gracie, a smart girl who knows a lot of things but not the problems that sucking a thumb can create. Gracie isn't worried that her constant thumb sucking makes her smile crooked or might make her face long. After all, her pony Alice has a long face and looks beautiful. When she visits her dentist, Dr. Morgan, Gracie and her parents find out how much damage a thumb can create, including making it harder to breathe at night. A fateful dream changes Gracie's mind about the pleasure of sucking her thumb. Colorful watercolor illustrations by Manny Aguiler and a list of helpful organizations and websites round out this resource for any parent with a thumb-sucking child.

Author Todd Morgan, an internationally recognized expert in dental sleep medicine, has a practice in Encinitas, Calif. He graduated from the Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis in 1985. Morgan is board certified in dentistry and dental sleep medicine and has completed clinic research studies and published scientific papers on treating snoring, sleep apnea and headaches with dental devices. He and his wife, Barbi, have four children.

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Why the Long Face? A Story About Thumb Sucking
Dr. Todd Morgan
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-1877-5 36 pages $16.95 US

Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

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