So wait a minute ... are you saying that if you are ripping a piece of stock, so long as it is wider than 5/8", you will use your finger(s) to push the wood between the blade and the fence?
If that is what you are saying, all I can say is that you are bound to lose a finger some day.
Or if it is a long piece you can always stop just before the end and flip the piece over to finish the cut...
Also... 'IF' the blade is properly adjusted to where it is barely sticking up above the material you are cutting you reduce the amount of blade that could 'possibly' get you. There is absolutely NO need to have the tablesaw blade jacked up as high as it will go if you are only cutting stuff that is 1/4 inch thick... No more than 1/8" of blade should be sticking out above workpiece you are cutting.
I have been doing this well over 20 years and still have ALL of my digits. No plans to 'lose' any of them any time soon! LOL!