Dentist in Littleton, CO 303.973.5280
Uncategorized

Reasons To Stop Thumb Sucking

Littleton Dentist, Dr. Greg Herzberg

Many babies, even in their mother’s womb, and into their toddler years, suck their thumbs. Usually, thumb sucking stops between two and four years old. It is a natural reflex,  but it can become a problem, if it persist past this period. If your child sucks his or her thumb when tired or upset, past the age of four, it is time to help break the habit, since it may lead to serious dental problems.

Here are some of the consequences of prolonged thumb sucking:

– It can push permanent teeth out of their natural position, resulting in “buckteeth”, leading to expensive orthodontic correction.
– the displacement of the front teeth can cause speech problems and turn into a lisp.
– Sucking of thumb and fingers can interfere with the palate growth, leading to problems with chewing and swallowing.

Here are some tips to help your child stop sucking his or her thumb, before the bad consequences occur:

– You can provide gentle visual reminders and reinforce the times when he or she doesn’t suck the thumb.
– Sometimes, children suck their thumb unconsciously. You may help by deciding on a cue with your child, to remind him or her, not to suck the thumb. For instance, bringing your own thumb in front of your mouth.
– it is also important to observe what triggers the behavior, as it is a soothing mechanism for anxiety and insecurity. Try to find the causes of these feelings, and provide other means of comfort, such as stuff animals.
– Reinforce the progress with praise and rewards, making the child aware of being the one making the good decision to stop the thumb sucking.

Thumb sucking is natural and soothing for babies, but as they grow older, it can cause serious speech and dental problems. These can only be corrected with expensive braces, surgeries and speech therapies, so it makes a lot of sense to work with your child on decreasing their dependency on thumb sucking, before it become a problem.
If you have more questions, or need more advice to help your child, you may  consult with your Littleton Dentist, Dr. Greg Herzberg. It is advised to bring children for routine check up to Ken Caryl Dentistry, starting at an early age.

Ken Caryl Dentistry

 

 

7 thoughts on “Reasons To Stop Thumb Sucking

  1. Hey! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!
    http://learninghints.eu

  2. An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  3. I simply want to tell you that I’m all new to blogging and honestly liked you’re blog. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You surely have fabulous stories. Many thanks for sharing your blog.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Call Now Button