Thumb Sucking May Cause Problems

Thumb sucking is a regular habit among most children and our we want you to know what types of problems may occur from this natural reflex. While young children often suck their thumb to feel secure or to help them fall asleep, once the permanent teeth come in it’s best to kick that habit to the curb before any damage is done.

“After the permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth. The intensity of the sucking is a factor that determines whether or not dental problems may result. If children rest their thumbs passively in their mouths, they are less likely to have difficulty than those who vigorously suck their thumbs. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may develop problems with their baby (primary) teeth,” the American Dental Association explains.

If you notice changes in your children’s teeth make sure to tell our dentists. There are a few ways to deter your child from sucking their thumb. It’s always best to praise them when they stop sucking their thumb. If your child sucks his or her thumb when they are anxious or insecure, make sure to take the time to soothe them and discover the root of the tension. If you have any questions about your children’s oral health then give our staff at Artistic Touch Dentistry a call today to schedule an appointment.