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The Basics of Thumb Sucking

June 6, 2017

Thumb sucking in young children is extremely common, as almost all children go through it at some point in their lives. However, it can cause oral health ailments if the practice is allowed to continue into later years. Listed below are some of the basics about thumb sucking and what you can do to stop it:

– If your child continues to suck their thumb past an unhealthy age, their pediatrician can prescribe a foul-tasting substance to place on their thumbs to hinder their thumb sucking.
– Thumb sucking can also transfer environmental bacteria to a child’s mouth, which can increase their likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease.
– Although many individuals may see pacifiers as a positive alternative to thumb sucking, the truth is that pacifiers can produce the same type of damage on the alignments of a smile.
– Children can slow and affect the growth of their teeth by thumb sucking.
– Thumb sucking can cause malocclusions and alter the alignment of teeth in a child’s mouth.
– Children often go to thumb sucking as a security blanket to help them with security issues, so always strive to build confidence in your child, and praise them when they do not suck their thumbs.

To discuss your child’s thumb sucking treatment options with Dr. Manshadi, Dustin, and Dudeen and the rest of our team at Safari Dental, simply book an appointment at our pediatric office in Bryan, Texas. Our number is (979) 985-3093, and we look forward to making your child’s smile shine soon!