Thumbsucking is a habit many children participate in today. It generally helps them feel more secure, safe, and comfortable. It might even help them learn a little bit more about the world around them. However, thumbsucking can be a harmful habit that can alter your child’s oral health and destroy their smile. So, it’s very important that you help your child quit the habit as much as you can.
How can thumbsucking harm my child’s teeth?
Thumbsucking can harm your child’s smile in two different ways: it can cause major teeth misalignments and it can distort the formation of the roof of your child’s mouth. These two things may result in buck teeth as well as additional dental issues in the future that cause extreme pain and discomfort.
When do children generally stop sucking their thumbs?
Kids often quit the habit right before their permanent teeth grow into place or by the time they are about 2-4 years old.
How can I help my child stop the habit?
There are a few things you can do to help your child, like praise them when they do not suck on their thumbs, give your child more love and comfort, and explain why it’s best to stop the habit. You can also try putting a bandage around the thumb or putting a sock around the hand at night.
As you work with your child, don’t forget to be loving and kind and help them understand the situation as much as possible. This will help them feel better about giving up the thing that gives them the comfort they need each day. If you have any questions or if you would like to learn more, please call our office today. We are happy to help you!