SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Aug. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --áThumb sucking is natural for infants and toddlers and is
Sucking is a natural reflex, especially for infants. Because babies nurse for the nutrition it follows that a youngster would association sucking on a thumb or a pacifier with the comfort he or she feels when nursing. Most toddlers give up thumb sucking and the pacifier by age 4 on their own, but one in five children may continue past the fifth birthday.
Continued thumb sucking, especially after the permanent teeth start coming in, can cause problems with tooth alignment, the child's bite, and contribute to lisping. Aggressive thumb-sucking may contribute to dental problems even in children under 5 years old.
Pacifiers can have similar effects on teeth, but is usually an easier habit to break,
When to be concerned
Some things like a new baby in the family, starting school, or a stressful event might cause a youngster to resume the habit. Temporarily restarting the habit is probably not going to cause any harm. Most children who take up thumb sucking again stop on their own within a short time.
Anytime a parent is concerned is the right time to discuss the habit with the family dentist or pediatrician. A dental examination can determine if there are any problematic changes in the child's mouth and recommend the best corrective approach. The American Dental Association reports that some of the effects of long-term thumb sucking beyond the age of 5 years include:
Helping your child break the habit
Your dentist can offer encouragement to your child and explain what could happen to their teeth if they do not stop sucking.
Perry Patel DDS 901 Park Boulevard #103 Pismo Beach, CA 93449 (805) 489-4761
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SOURCE Dr. Perry Patel
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