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A prolonged habit of sucking on thumbs can disrupt the development of your child’s smile and alter the natural alignment of their teeth. If you are concerned about your child’s thumb sucking, our dentist can help you work with your child on breaking the habit.

Thumb sucking risks delaying the tooth development, and you should help your child quit this habit as early as possible. Most children begin receiving permanent teeth around age four, and at this point, they should no longer be sucking on their thumbs, fingers, or pacifiers. Most parents find that discouraging the use of pacifiers is the easier habit to break.

One of the main reasons why children suck their thumbs is to comfort themselves, much as they would with a stuffed animal or blanket. Using tactics such as praise can increase your child’s confidence and can help them give up on thumb sucking. If none of your tactics against thumb sucking are working, you can speak with the pediatrician about using a safe but unpleasant-tasting substance on your child’s thumbs to discourage their habit.

You can help your child’s teeth last a lifetime by taking proper care of their smile. For more information on how to stop thumb sucking in Bolingbrook, Franklin Park, Joliet, Naperville, Plainfield, Riverside, and Wheaton, Illinois, contact Shining Smiles LLC at 630-972-4010 today and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Milad Nourahmadi to discuss prevention tactics.