thumb sucking

Solve the Problem of Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is a habit that naturally occurs in infants. Children usually give up thumb sucking by the age of four. If the child continues past this age when their permanent teeth start to erupt they may develop crooked teeth and a malformed roof of the mouth.

Malformation and crooked results from the frequency, duration, intensity, and position of the digit in the child’s mouth. This can also affect the position of the upper and lower jaw and can also affect speech.

How to End Thumb Sucking

  • Wait until you feel the time is right (low stress).
  • Motivate your child by showing examples of what could negatively happen to their teeth and fingers/thumbs.
  • Use a reward system. Small incentives will encourage your child to stick with ending the habit.

If none of these options are helpful for your child, consult our trusted Aurora dentists to discuss further intervention.