Do I need to Worry About Thumb Sucking?

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Let’s face it, there are going to be plenty of things to be concerned about when it relates to our children and their health. Unfortunately, we have more control over some things than we do others. One of the things we probably wish we had more control over is thumb sucking.
For many kids, thumb sucking is all about comfort and keeping themselves in a comfortable place. However, not many parents are sure of how this action affects their child. First, know that it is perfectly acceptable for infants. There are some problems that can be presented.

Thumb Sucking After the Age of Five

Typically, the longer the habit continues, the more changes there will be in the mouth and the more potential problems may arise. According to the American Dental Association, as kids get older, the sucking motion will begin to build pressure and cause changes in the mouth.

For instance, there may be the opening of the child’s bite that keeps the upper front teeth from touching the bottom front teeth. This is because of skeletal changes caused by the pressure, realigning the secondary teeth. It’s best to stop the habit as quickly as possible.

How to Stop Thumb Sucking

There are numerous ways that you can encourage your child to stop the thumb sucking habit. Here are some of the top ways to help break the habit and allow your child’s bite to correct before they get too old.

· Give the child a pacifier — they’re easier to take away · Reward your child for quitting · Praise your child when they try to stop the thumb sucking · Speak with a dentist to get advice At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental, we look forward to helping our patients as they pursue the smile they desire. Let us help you and your child. Call us today to schedule an appointment.