Does Thumb-Sucking Cause Teeth Problems?
The average age when kids stop sucking their thumb is typically between 2-4 but by then permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Consult with your dentist at County Dental if you notice any changes in permanent teeth or if you have concerns about your child’s teeth due to thumb sucking and pacifiers.
What Can I Do As a Parent to Prevent Thumb-sucking?
- Praise your child for not sucking his/her thumb.
- Focus on correcting the cause of the anxiety and thumb-sucking.
- Is the child older? Ask them how you can support them to stop thumb-sucking. Sometimes, just a conversation to assess or raise awareness of how this can impact their teeth can help
- Consult with your dentist for other tips and monitor the proper growth of the child’s teeth.
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