Does Your Child Suck Their Thumb?

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
www.SuperMolar.com

Infants and toddlers have a natural tendency to put things in their mouths and suck on them, especially thumbs!  Children tend to feel more safe, content, and relaxed when they are sucking on something. Therefore, when the time comes to stop children from sucking on their thumbs, the process can be very difficult.

 Between the ages of 2-4, children generally stop sucking their thumbs because their baby teeth begin to fall out and the adult teeth are making the move in. Often times, thumb sucking tends to cause crooked teeth and in some situations, gum issues. 

Listed below are some ways to help your child stop sucking on their thumbs: 

Children usually suck their thumbs when they are feeling anxious or insecure. It's important to pay close attention to your child and see if you can notice any patterns. 

It's important to praise your child for not sucking their thumb. Try and stay away from scolding them for sucking their thumb. 

Sometimes, using a bandage or sock at night will prevent your child from hand to mouth contact because the sock or bandage will be used as a barrier. This method really helps children stop sucking their thumb subconsciously. 

Contact your pediatric dentist. They may be able to prescribe a medication to coat your child's thumb with or implement a mouth appliance to help cut the habit. 

Offering encouragement to older children is the best way to hep them reach a solution for their thumb sucking problem. Simply providing insight on the future of their teeth will help them realize the negative effects and hopefully stop them from sucking on their thumb. 

If you're looking for a pediatric dentist for your children - look no further! Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County is here to provide exceptional dental care for your children to ensure a beautiful smile for life! For more information give us a call at our Medford location at 631-320-0880 or our Commack location at 631-486-6364. You can also visit us online at www.supermolar.com

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