What to Do When Your Child Has a Thumbsucking Habit

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So, your child sucks their thumb. Well, this is a common habit that many children have, and it’s nothing to be too stressed about. However, the habit can be harmful to your child’s smile, so we ask that you do everything you can to keep the thumbsucking to a minimum.

How does thumbsucking harm my child’s teeth?

This habit has a tendency to shift and move the front teeth, resulting in buck teeth. This is a serious problem, especially for permanent teeth. Thumbsucking also warps the formation of the roof of your child’s mouth. This occurrence can cause major dental problems in the future and your child’s smile will likely suffer the consequences.

When do kids stop sucking their thumbs?

Kids generally stop the thumbsucking habit around the ages of two and four years old or by the time their 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 these tips aren’t helpful and if you need additional advice, please call our office today at [phone] and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we are happy to come up with the perfect plan that will help your child as much as possible!