How Thumbsucking Affects Your Mouth

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Do you ever wonder about the effect your child’s thumbsucking has on their teeth? Do you ever ask yourself if there is anything you can do to help your child stop sucking their fingers and thumbs? Furthermore, do you ever wonder if you should even worry about these issues?

As you probably already know, many kids will start sucking their thumbs habitually by the time they’re a year old. While some worry that thumbsucking is dangerous for you little one, would you be surprised to hear that sucking your thumb is generally considered completely harmless until your little one is about four years old. You see, thumb sucking can actually have a negative effect on how their permanent teeth come in. Thumbsucking after the age of four can also damage the roof of your child’s mouth.

Luckily, there are many different options you should consider to help your little one stop sucking their thumbs—but please be aware that these efforts will actually make some kids more determined to continue this habit. Still, if you would like your little one to stop, you could try putting some bitter liquids on their thumbs. While this could be a deterrent, there are other options that you may want to consider. Our team will also be able to give you specific advice.

Do you have more questions or concerns about your little ones thumbsucking, or about what you can do to help your child quit sucking their thumbs in Moncks Corner, South Carolina? If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Craig Thomas, please don’t hesitate to give Carolina Avenue Dental Care a call at 843-899-5911. We’re eager to receive your call.