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Do You Know the Risks of Thumb Sucking in Children?

Do you know the risks of thumb sucking in children? Thumb sucking in infants can cause a mountain of issues and problems with the oral health of a child. Not only can it alter 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 effects often linked to thumb sucking:

– Thumb sucking can lead to tooth decay or infections by introducing new bacteria into a child’s mouth.
– Thumb sucking can disturb the growth of teeth.
– A child should normally stop sucking their thumbs around the time their permanent front teeth begin to grow in, which is roughly at 4 years old.
– Shower your child with attention 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.”
– 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.
– 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 prevent in children.

To schedule an appointment at our pediatric office in Tucson, Arizona, call Desert Dental Group at (520) 201-1717 and a member of our team will gladly assist you. Dr. Brett M. Barney and our entire team look forward to helping you achieve the successful smile your child requires.

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