Request Request Appointment Like Us Like us on Facebook Reviews Read Our Reviews Call Give us a Call Map View our Map

Thumb Sucking Advice From Aesthetic Dentistry By Design

January 27, 2011

Filed under: Children,National Children's Dental Health Month — admin @ 7:39 pm

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

Not necessarily a ‘bad habit,’ as thumb sucking can help soothe and relax an infant or child. Thumb sucking, however, can become a problem if this habit begins to effect the primary or permanent teeth. Most children stop thumb sucking between the ages of 2 and 4.

What are some tips to break the habit?

Give praise, never scold.  If a child is sucking his/her thumb/finger due to insecurities or the need of comfort, help your child find comfort and lessen anxiety. Have your dentist or hygienist speak with your child and advise what could possible happen to their teeth if they continue this habit. If the above methods don’t work, you may want to consider placing a bandaid on the thumb/finger as a reminder or placing a sock over the hands at night.

If all else fails, Dr Gasper can create a custom appliance to prevent thumb sucking!

Call 719-599-0700.

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.