If your child tends to suck on their thumb, you are not alone. Many children participate in this habit and it is quite normal. However, many do not know that thumbsucking can harm and damage the smile. Whether you believe it or not, it’s true, and it’s time to help your child stop the habit and finally grow into the beautiful and healthy smile they deserve.
How can thumbsucking harm my child’s teeth?
Thumbsucking affects the alignment of the teeth as well as the formation of the roof of the mouth. If they continue sucking on their thumb, they may begin to develop buck teeth and it will warp the mouth as it develops.
When do children generally stop sucking 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?
- Praise your child when they do not suck their thumb
- Give your child more comfort and love
- Explain why thumbsucking is bad for their mouth
- Bandage the thumb
- Put a sock over the hand at night to keep your child from sucking in their sleep
If you are concerned in any way about your child’s thumbsucking habit, we encourage you to call our office today and schedule an appointment. Our friendly dentist will be happy to meet with your child, examine their smile, identify the damage that has been done, and then come up with a treatment idea for your child. We care about you, your child, and your smiles, and we are happy to help you in any way we can.