Thumb Sucking

If thumb sucking or digit sucking continues to the age when permanent teeth are erupting is when we see issues in children’s teeth.

In children under 8 years old, the jaw is still pliable and soft and thumb or finger sucking behavior can cause a crossbite and a misalignment of the jaw. This will usually cause the upper teeth to be flared outwards and the lower teeth inwards.

Breaking this habit with a rewards system is a great way to encourage children to stop thumb sucking, but if that proves difficult, a habit appliance may be used instead. 

If your child is having difficulty stopping this habit, you may want to set up a rewards program for each time of day they do not suck their thumb or finger. A habit appliance can be used on those children that still have difficulty after a rewards program has been tried.


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