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Should parents be concerned if their child sucks their thumb or finger?

February 4, 2014

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 10:19 am

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Should parents be concerned if their child sucks their thumb or finger?

Christine: Yes, especially beyond about age 3.  Long tern thumb sucking can change the shape of the jaw, malforming the roof of the mouth, and affect speech and cause protrusion of the teeth.  Also you can get a lot of germs from the hands.

What are some tips to break the habit?

Christine: If the child is old enough, you can start with discussions about thumb sucking and the need to quit.   Use Praise! Avoid stressful situations or boredom which might result in thumb sucking.  Appliances can also be used if necessary.

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