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A common habit that children often tend to partake in is thumb sucking. Although it seems fairly innocuous on the surface, in truth it can damage a child’s teeth and leave them with misalignments and growth hindrances that can follow them into their teen years.

Is your child a frequent thumb sucker? Listed below are important facts regarding thumb sucking in children:

– Bacteria from a child’s thumb can easily end up in their mouth when they suck their thumb, which opens a child up to a host of heightened risks associated with poor oral hygiene and bad bacteria in their mouth.

– Pacifiers are just as dangerous for a child’s oral health as thumb sucking can be, but pacifiers do tend to be an easier routine to stop and wean children from.

– Pediatricians can use nasty substances to wean children off thumb sucking by placing the substance on their thumbs.

– Children who suck their thumbs are typically more likely to develop alignment issues with their teeth.

– It is suggested to build a sense of self-worth in children to boost their self-esteem and help them rely less on thumb sucking as a means of a security blanket or defense.

– Thumb sucking can slow a child’s oral health progress and slow the rate at which teeth grow in.

Don’t wait until it’s too late for a thumb sucking treatment If you would like to know if you need help with your child, please book an oral exam with Dr. Ed Perdue and our team at Dr. Edward Perdue Pediatric Dentistry at our pediatric office in Nashville, Tennessee, by calling us at 615-662-2191. We are here to help your child get the perfect smile they deserve!