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As your child grows up, it’s important that you do everything you can to help them grow into the beautiful and healthy smile they deserve. However, there might be one thing standing in the way, and that is the thumbsucking habit. If your child continually sucks on their thumb, they could be potentially harming and destroying their smile. So, it’s important to do everything you can to ease your child out of this habit so they can have the best oral health possible.

How can thumbsucking harm my child’s teeth?

Thumbsucking can harm your child’s teeth as well as their entire oral cavity. First, the habit can misalign the front teeth, causing buck teeth. Second, sucking the thumb can warp the formation of the roof of the mouth, making additional teeth cave in as well as creating other major dental issues.

When do children generally stop sucking their thumbs?

Children generally stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of 2 and 4 years old. Many people also notice that the habit stops once the permanent teeth are about to erupt through the gums.

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 have any questions that weren’t included in this blog, please feel free to call our office now and talk to a member of our loving dental team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and that includes by answering any of your questions. We look forward to talking with you!