Thumb Sucking and Pacifier Usage

Thumb sucking is a natural response for children. Sucking on thumbs, fingers, pacifiers or various other objects may make children feel safe, secure, satisfied and help them discover their world.  

Young children may additionally want a pacifier to soothe themselves and also help them sleep.  

Exactly How Can Thumb Sucking Impact My Child’s Teeth?  

After long-term teeth have come in, using a pacifier may cause troubles with the appropriate growth of the mouth and positioning of the teeth. It can likewise trigger modifications in the roof covering of the mouth.  

Pacifiers could affect the teeth essentially the same ways as placing fingers and thumbs in one’s mouth, yet it is typically a less complicated amount of damage or disruption.  

The strength of the sucking is a factor that determines whether dental troubles may result. If youngsters relax their thumbs passively in their mouths, they are less most likely to have problems as they grow than those who strongly suck their thumbs. Some aggressive thumbsuckers may create problems with their baby (primary) teeth. 

When Do Kids Stop Sucking Their Thumbs?  

Children typically stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of two to four years of age, or by the time the long-term front teeth prepare to break through. If you discover changes in your child’s primary teeth or are worried concerning your youngster’s thumb sucking consult your dentist. 

Just How Can I Assist My Kid Stop Thumb sucking?  

Praise and positively reinforce your kid for not sucking. 

Youngsters commonly suck their thumbs when feeling troubled or needing comfort. Concentrate on dealing with the source of the anxiety and provide comfort to your youngster. 

For an older youngster, involve him or her in picking the technique of quitting. This is a best practice in ensuring your child works to break their thumb sucking habit. 

Your dental practitioner can supply support to your youngster and explain just what can occur to their teeth if they do not quit sucking on their thumb or pacifier.  

If these ideas do not help with encouraging your child to quit, remind the child of their habit by wrapping the thumb or putting a sock on the hand at night. Your dental practitioner or doctor may recommend a bitter medicine to coat the thumb or may suggest the use of a mouth appliance. 

For additional concerns or to discuss the importance of quitting thumb sucking and pacifier usage contact Dr. Joseph Manfredi with Artista Dental for a consultation. At this appointment, the dentist will exam your child’s mouth and teeth to recommend the best option for you. Contact us today for an appointment.