Potential Drawbacks From Thumb Sucking

We all know that it is common for children to get into the habit of sucking their thumbs at a young age. Dr. Jaime Greenspoon and our team at J’aime Mes Dents, want to help readers understand the potential issues that can surface if the habit isn't changed early.

It is quite typical for children to explore their mouths by putting objects or their thumbs inside of it. With that said you should not be immediately concerned if your child sucks his or her thumb. For children who are still developing their baby teeth, thumb sucking can help stimulate growth in their teeth.

Thumb sucking isn't typically an issue among newborn children since they by and large do it to soothe and comfort themselves. Issues only arise when children continue to do this when their baby teeth start to fall out, around six years old.

When your child’s adult teeth begin to come in, that is when thumb sucking can begin to become an issue. Most kids stop thumb sucking between the ages of two and three. As indicated by the Canadian Dental Association, if thumb sucking proceeds as grown-up teeth come in, this can prompt issues including improper alignment of teeth and growth of the jaw, gums, and roof of the mouth.

It might likewise influence your child’s speech from that point onward, by potentially causing a lisp or other kinds of speech impediments. As a parent, you may need to start to manage and mediate if thumb sucking begins becoming a more serious issue for your child.

Here are some effective methods to Stop Thumb Sucking:

  • Comfort your child if thumb sucking happens when they are anxious.

  • Try and limit their habit to bedtime or naptime.

  • Utilize positive reinforcement when they resist their urge.

  • Try and explain to your child the negative consequences that can occur with the habit

  • Have Dr. Jaime Greenspoon and our team talk to your child to reinstate the concerns of thumb sucking.

Remember that thumb sucking is a typical habit that numerous children engage in and it shouldn’t alarm parents right away. If the habit persists, the above mentioned methods can help stop the habit overtime.

For any continued concerns or questions, Dr Jaime Greenspoon and our team are here to help. Don't hesitate to call our office as we will be happy to help you and your child.

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