Thumb Sucking Habit

Thumb sucking past the age of four can cause significant dental issues, and it's important to address it with empathy and expert care.

Thumb Sucking in Babies, Toddlers, and Children

At Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry, we understand that thumb sucking is a natural reflex for children. While it can be a source of comfort, prolonged thumb sucking may lead to dental complications. Our compassionate approach helps your child transition smoothly away from thumb sucking at the right time.


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  • How can I help my child to stop thumb sucking?

    Encouraging your child to stop thumb sucking involves patience and support. Start by praising them for not sucking their thumb during difficult periods and consider establishing a reward system to celebrate their progress. Identify times they are more likely to suck their thumb, such as during stress or sleep, and offer alternatives like a soft toy or blanket. Our team is here to provide personalized strategies tailored to your child’s needs.

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  • Does thumb sucking matter for baby teeth?

    Yes, thumb sucking can impact the alignment of baby teeth and the development of the mouth. While most children stop between ages 2 and 4, prolonged thumb sucking might lead to changes in the roof of the mouth and alignment issues that require later dental correction. It’s best to address thumb sucking before permanent teeth emerge.

  • What are the effects of thumb sucking on teeth?

    Persistent thumb sucking can lead to several dental issues, including the forward thrusting of the upper teeth, causing an open bite or an overbite where the top and bottom teeth are misaligned. Thumb sucking can also cause changes to the jaw shape, which can impact speech. These complications can affect chewing and the appearance of their smile, potentially leading to a need for orthodontic treatment in the future.

Questions About Thumb Sucking?

If you're concerned about your child's thumb sucking habit or if you have any questions contact us today, request an appointment for your child, or explore the other pediatric dental services we offer using the links below.

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Wilderness Station Pediatric Dentistry

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