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One of the most common conditions that children go through at some point in their life is the habit of sucking their thumbs. Although it seems like a perfectly normal thing for a child, it actually becomes an oral health risk because it can cause damage to their teeth and gums. Not only can it hinder the growth of their smile, but it can be a difficult habit to break if it is not cared for soon enough.

There are several oral health risks commonly associated with thumb sucking. Because of this, it is important to eliminate the habit as best as possible. Although pacifiers are often considered an alternative to thumb sucking, they too can provide several oral health risks. Pacifiers are known to move teeth out of position just thumb sucking can.

Thumb sucking is known to hinder the growth of teeth. Furthermore, it can introduce new bacteria into a child’s mouth and increase the risk for tooth decay or infections. To help treat and prevent thumb-sucking, it is important to always praise your child when they do not suck their thumbs. Thumb sucking often exists as a security blanket, so you will need to make sure that you give your child the confidence they need to abandon the habit. In severe situations, medications can be applied, and your child’s pediatric dentist can even use medications to help coat a child’s finger in a bitter substance to wean them off the habit.

Are you ready to upgrade and enhance your child’s smile with teething treatments? Anderson Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics, Inc. remains committed to your child’s oral health. You are welcome to schedule an appointment with us by calling 801-774-5437. Dr. John Anderson and our team look forward to having you visit our pediatric dentist office in Roy, Utah.