Thumb sucking is a natural comforting behavior in infants and young children that’s related to nursing, but if it goes on for too long, it can create problems in the mouth later on. Here’s what you need to know.

Let’s start with number five,
5) Thumb sucking usually goes away on its own.

Most children stop between the ages of two and four years. But if this happened last much beyond the age of three your child may need extra help.

Moving on to number four,
4) Persistent thumb sucking can cause bite problems.

Constant thumb sucking can change the growth pattern of the jaw, as well as move the upper teeth forward. This can result in an open bite or other problems, which may require orthodontic treatments.

As far as number three,
3) Positive reinforcement can help break the habit.

Tell your child why it’s time to stop sucking his or her thumb and give a reward for not doing it, but not a sugary treat praise and positive support work better than nagging.

Up next is number two,
2) A dental appliance can discourage thumb sucking.

If the habit perhaps difficult to break an oral appliance called the tongue crip can be effective. This helps discourage the habit and retrain the tongue to rest in a better position.

Finally, number one,
1) Ask your dentist for advice.

Young children are growing and developing rapidly, and that’s why it’s so important to bring them in for regular checkups. If you need help with this issue, don’t hesitate to ask your dentist.

To learn more about orthodontics, braces & clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, contact one of your convenient orthodontic office locations in Carson CityDaytonYeringtonMammoth Lakes or Bishop.

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