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Has your child developed a thumb sucking habit? Thumb sucking in infants can cause a multitude of issues and problems with the oral health of a child. Not only can it disturb the alignment of the teeth in their mouths, it can also cause changes with their gums and the roof of their mouths.

 

Listed below are some of the common problems often associated with thumb sucking:

 

– Thumb sucking can cause tooth decay or infections by sheltering new bacteria into a child’s mouth.

– Additional treatment devices for thumb sucking include having the child’s pediatrician prescribe medication used to coat the child’s finger in a bitter and foul-tasting substance.

– A child should generally stop sucking their thumbs around the time their permanent front teeth begin to grow in, which is around 4 years of age.

– Pacifiers are often considered an alternative to thumb sucking, but it can affect the teeth and gums in nearly the same ways, although it does tend to be an easier habit to break in children.

– Thumb sucking can restrict the growth of teeth.

– Shower your child with care and help grow their confidence when they do not suck their thumbs, as thumb sucking is often done when they are feeling insecure or need it as a “security blanket.”

Dr. Peggy Lovecchio and our team at Love Family Dentistry is here to give your child the smile they deserve. If you would like to schedule an appointment to come see us at our pediatric office in Roanoke, Virginia, please contact us at 540-904-2300 to speak with a member of our team. We look forward to improving your child’s smile!