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Thumb Sucking and Dental Care

All babies have a natural instinct to suck their thumbs. It started out as a comfort mechanism when young babies sucking their fingers, toys or pacifiers to help calm themselves and often help them fall asleep. There is nothing wrong with this as a young child.

The general rule of thumb is that when the child's permanent teeth start to come through, it is a good time to start breaking the habit of him. While young children, their jaws and roof of the mouth they grow and can be changed by pressure sucked. Usually between the ages of 2 and 4 is when children begin to kick the habit. You can know different ways of how to stop thumb sucking by reading online.

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What Does it Do?

Depending on how long the child, what the child is sucking, such as a pacifier or a finger, how hard they suck, and for how long can all be factors that determine the outcome of sucking his thumb, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

 When children suck their thumbs excessively, the upper teeth begin to protrude and lower teeth protrude into the maker space for the thumb to sit in the mouth that causes teeth to form in open bite. At the same time, the ceiling or the "roof" of the normal curve of the mouth of the pressure created while sucking.

What Should I Be Looking For?

Once the adult teeth came in, trying to help your child to stop sucking their thumbs, fingers, pacifiers, etc. If you start to see that the front teeth sticking out of your child are not meeting end to end, consult with your dentist for opinions.