Whether your child sucks their thumb because of comfort, safety, security, or simply because it helps them fall asleep, the habit is harming and destroying their smile every chance it gets. So, we recommend doing everything you can to keep the thumbsucking down to a minimum so your child can finally grow into the beautiful, strong, and healthy smile they deserve.
How can 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 children generally stop sucking their thumbs?
Kids generally stop sucking their thumb right before their permanent teeth start to grow into place or between the ages of 2 and 4 years old. If your child still participates in the habit as time continues on, please feel free to talk to your dentist so you can come up with a solution together.
How can I help my child stop the habit?
There are a few things you can do to help your child quit the sucking habit, and the first thing involves praising your child when they do not suck their thumb. Second, you can give your child more love and comfort. Third, you can explain why thumbsucking is bad and you can come up with a plan that will help your child stop. Fourth, you can bandage the thumbs or put a sock over the hand at night.
If you have questions, if you would like to know more, or if you are looking for additional tips, please call our office today and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to talking with you!