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If your child is a thumb sucker, it’s time to understand the harm and danger it could actually do to your child’s oral health.

Thumb sucking is a common habit that children have when they need to feel secure, safe, and happy. It gives them the comfort they need in a time of stress. However, as they seek for that comfort, their smiles are suffering the consequences.

How does thumbsucking harm my child’s teeth?

Thumbsucking harms your child’s permanent teeth because they become crooked and misaligned. It also warps the formation of the roof of the mouth, which could cause additional dental problems in the future. In the end, you child may have buck teeth and a deformed oral cavity.

When do children stop sucking on their thumbs?

Children generally quit the habit between the ages of 2 and 4 years old. They also usually stop once the permanent teeth start to grow into place.

How can I help my child stop the habit?

There are a few things you can do to help your child stop the habit, and those things include:

  •         Praise your child for not sucking
  •         Give your child more comfort and love so they don’t feel the need to suck their thumb
  •         Come up with a plan to quit and support your child through it
  •         Explain why sucking on their thumb is a bad habit to have
  •         Bandage the thumb
  •         Put a sock over the hand at night

If you notice changes in your child’s primary or permanent teeth or if you are concerned about your child’s thumbsucking habit, please feel free to call our office today and talk to a member of our team. We will be happy to schedule your child an appointment with our friendly dentist to get things all sorted out.