How Thumb Sucking Can Impact Your Child’s Smile!
Most infants have the natural urge to suck their thumb as a comforting habit. Although cute, it’s important to note that your child’s thumb sucking can have an impact on their smile if prolonged.
Side Effects Of Long-Term Thumb Sucking
While most children will break their own thumb-sucking habit between the ages of two and four, it’s important to be educated on the possible negative side effects of prolonged thumb sucking. Here are some possible ways thumb sucking can impact the appearance of your child’s smile and oral development.
- Misaligned Bite
If your child sucks their thumb for a prolonged period of time, it can cause dental malocclusion. Overtime, the pressure of your child’s thumb can cause their teeth to shift.
- Speech Problems.
As a result of misaligned teeth, children can develop a speech impediment. Consistent thumb sucking may cause lisping and/or an inability to pronounce “D” and “T” sounds.
How To Break Your Child’s Thumb Sucking Habits
If you notice your child sucking their thumb past the age of four, you may want to consider intervention. We first recommend having an open discussion with your child. Ask them why they suck their thumb and share with them some reasons why it might be time to stop the habit. You can try offering incentives or rewards to encourage your child to stop sucking their thumb. If you need further assistance, Dr. Sam and our team would be happy to share a few tips and talk about helpful appliances during your next visit!
Take Your Child To A Children’s Dentist In Calgary Dr. Sam and our dedicated staff would love to meet you and your kids! We are passionate about making your child feel at home when they visit our practice. Our clinic offers preventative dentistry, oral health exams and emergency dental care. We welcome children with special health needs and take pride in creating a welcoming environment for every child! Call us at 587-576-KIDS (5437) to book your consultation.