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Did you know that thumb sucking is bad for your teeth and gums? Saving smiles from thumb sucking is a thankless task, but it is important nonetheless. Here are some facts and tips regarding thumb sucking and what you can do to break the habit in your child:

– It is possible for thumb sucking to not only delay the growth of their baby teeth, but it can even alter the growth of adult teeth that grow in years later.
– Although it should only be used if other treatment levels have failed, your pediatrician can use disgusting-tasting substances specifically used to discourage children from sucking their thumbs.
– Teeth can be knocked out of their proper alignment by thumb sucking habits.
– If a child sucks their thumb, they may not clean their thumbs before they suck them thus contaminating their smiles and introducing new bacteria to their mouths.
– If you want to break a child’s habit of thumb sucking, do not rely on pacifiers, as they can cause the same type of damage to your teeth that thumb sucking can.
– Children often suck their thumbs because they are scared or insecure. It is important to build a strong sense of self in children to help them prepare their confidence levels to not have to rely on thumb sucking when afraid.

Dr. Nieku Manshadi and our team at Route 32 Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics will ensure that your child receives the care and quality their smile requires. If you would like to come visit us at our pediatric office in Waco, Texas, please schedule an appointment at 254.870.1440. Have a fantastic day!