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The Truth About Thumb Sucking and Oral Health
Posted on 4/25/2022 by Evan
Kids suck their thumbs for all sorts of reasons - it's comforting, they're bored, they're tired. But what about the implications of thumb sucking on oral health? Is it really that bad? In this blog post, we'll take a look at the pros and cons of thumb sucking and give you some tips on how to break the habit. Read on to learn more!
Why do kids love sucking their thumbs?
There are a few reasons why thumb sucking can be appealing to kids. For one, it's comforting - the act of sucking on something can be soothing, and it's a habit that's easy to fall into. Additionally, thumb sucking can be a way to pass the time for bored kids or a way to self-soothe when they're feeling tired or upset.
The effects of thumb sucking on oral health
While thumb sucking can be comforting for kids, it's essential to be aware of its potential effects on oral health. As we mentioned before, thumb sucking can cause misalignment of the teeth and jaws over time. Additionally, kids who suck their thumbs are more likely to develop cavities, as well as a condition called "gummy smile," where the gum line is pushed forward. If you're concerned about your child's thumb-sucking habit, talk to your pediatrician or dentist - they may be able to offer some tips on how to break the habit.
Alternative ways to soothe a child's mouth and help them relax
If your child is struggling to break the thumb-sucking habit, there are a few things you can do to help. One option is to give them a pacifier or transitional object - something else they can suck on that isn't their thumb. You can also offer them a cold drink or ice pop to suck on or let them chew on a piece of gum or hard candy. Finally, make sure your child gets plenty of exercise and spends time outdoors - fresh air can be very calming for kids.
We hope this information was helpful! If you have any other questions about thumb sucking or oral health, please reach out to us.
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