Long-Term Thumb Sucking Thumbs Down For Kids’ Oral Health

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Older child sucking his thumb while sleeping

Thumb sucking is a rite of passage for infants worldwide. This natural reflex makes newborns, infants and toddlers feel safe and happy. Alas, by age 5, thumb sucking can become a permanent dental problem for young children.

Dental professionals universally give long-term thumb sucking a thumbs down for the long-term damage it can inflict on children’s oral health. If children continue to thumb suck after permanent teeth come in, the habit can cause problems with both tooth alignment and your child’s bite. The aggressiveness, frequency and duration of thumb sucking will determine whether dental problems will emerge.

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Is Thumbsucking Bad For Little Mouths?

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Not all children suck their thumbs or fingers and for those that do, it’s not always problematic. For some children, however, the thumb sucking habit can be a hard one to break. This can have a negative impact on growing mouths and developing teeth, causing the front teeth to push forward over time. According the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, thumbsucking is generally not a concern until after the age of 4. By that time, most thumb and finger sucking habits have long since ceased.

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