If your child likes to suck his or her thumb, it is important that you know the harmful effects that this can have on his or her dental health. At Children’s Dental Group, we specialize in dental care for children. Our Norwalk top kids dentist will be happy to meet with you and your child and talk to you about the problems with your child continuing to suck his or her thumb.
It is not uncommon for children or infants to suck their thumb or other fingers. Fortunately, children will usually give up this habit by the time they are four years old. When thumb sucking continues after this age, when permanent teeth are beginning to come in, at can affect their oral health. Teeth may end up coming in crooked, or they may even develop a malformed roof of their mouth. The problems that will be caused by your child’s thumb or finger sucking will vary based on the frequency, duration, and position of the finger in the mouth. Thumb sucking or other digit sucking can even affect your child’s ability to speak clearly. There are things you can do to help your child break this habit. However, when you do attempt to break this habit, you will want to wait until the time is just right, and your child is not under stress from something else. You can motivate your child to stop thumb sucking by showing what could happen to their teeth, and even to their fingers if thumb sucking is to continue. A reward system that uses small incentives for your child, will encourage your child to stop. A reward system does not need to be elaborate; it can simply consist of colorful stickers on a daily calendar where your child can view his or her progress in losing this habit. You can always speak with our Norwalk top kids dentist for other ideas.
If you would like your child to receive his or her dental care in a warm and welcoming environment, simply contact us for an appointment with our Norwalk top kids dentist.