Posted .

Although thumb sucking is generally seen as a common routine that children have, it can be a serious problem, and lead to severe oral health defects, including misalignments and slow growth of the permanent teeth. Thumb sucking can also cause malocclusions and other spacing issues that arise from the constant stress placed on the teeth.

Thumb-sucking can be hazardous to your child’s oral health. Not only can it slow the growth of your child’s teeth, it can also push teeth out of alignment, and cause problems with their permanent teeth when they grow in, including the potential for transposition malocclusions, which occurs when teeth erupt above the gums in the wrong space. Although you may be tempted to use a pacifier to help wean your child from thumb-sucking, a pacifier can have the same negative effects on your child’s oral health.

One of the best ways to limit your child’s desire to suck their thumb is with praise and affection for every time they stop. By inspiring your child to not suck their thumb they will be more inclined to avoid it. In many situations, thumb-sucking can be brought on as a defense mechanism to help the child combat and overcome their insecurities. As thumb sucking is often used to act as a security blanket, it is important to always take the time to build your child’s self-esteem and positive self-image.

If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a glorious smile with pediatric care, set an appointment with Chandler Family Dental Care at our dentist office in Chandler, Arizona. Dr. Emanuel Amato and the rest of our team can be reached at 480-413-1100. We look forward to having your child as our guest soon.