Thumb Sucking Symptoms

What are the symptoms of Thumb Sucking ?

If the habit is discontinued before the permanent teeth eruption, it can be considered harmless.

Continuous thumb sucking leads to many ill effects. The main symptoms of this problem is shown by the teeth and they are:

Displacement of the child’s permanent teeth due to the uneven forces placed on the teeth by the thumb.

The upper and lower front teeth may not approximate with each other.

The upper front teeth may flare out.

The open bite or lack of approximation of upper and lower front teeth may result in speech difficulties during pronunciation.

As a result of the flared out or protruding front teeth the child may end up fracturing these teeth more often.

Protruding and uneven teeth change the facial appearance. This can cause an inferiority complex in the young mind.