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Are you protecting your child from sucking their thumb? Thumb sucking in infants can cause a variety of issues and complications with the oral health of a child. Not only can it hinder 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 complications often associated with thumb sucking:

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

– Thumb sucking can destabilize the growth of teeth.

– Additional treatment systems 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 alter the teeth and gums in nearly the same ways, although it does tend to be an easier habit to break in children.

– Shower your child with affection 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.”

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

If you are looking for pediatric treatments in Hays, Kansas, come see Lifetime Dental Care soon. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Lowe, simply call our pediatric office at 785-625-7969. With the help of our team, the pathway to a clear smile for your child can be achieved.