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Posted on 06-09-2012

Does your child suck his or her thumb? Are you wondering whether to be concerned or not? Many parents may not understand why children suck their thumbs or other fingers, but it is actually a very common reflex in young children. In fact, statistics indicate that 45% of 2 and 3 year olds have developed this habit.

Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for infants and young children. Sucking on things such as thumbs, fingers, or pacifiers often help kids feel secure and happy. It is often relaxing and may induce sleep.  It is completely normal for children to suck their thumbs, and they usually quit sometime between the ages two and four.

Effects on Teeth

Thumbsucking becomes problematic to dental health once the child starts developing the permanent teeth.  It can cause changes in the roof of the mouth and it will also affect proper growth of the mouth and the alignment of teeth.

Whether or not your child develops problems from thumbsucking or not often depends on the intensity of sucking. Passive suckers, who just simply rest their thumb in their mouth, may not develop any problems at all. Aggressive suckers, however, often will experience dental issues, maybe even in their baby teeth.

While thumbsucking for infants is completely natural and not a concern, continued sucking into their later years could pose several problems. Encourage your child to discontinue the habit: perhaps create a reward system, a star chart, or simply educate them in their own terms.  Be your child's advocate for a healthier and happier smile for many years to come!

Kithy said:

Yeah, I have to get veneers too, just get the six you need that you can see when you smile, and wait for the other two. You can alayws get them on in sections, like two at a time, etc, for the more noticable ones. Unfortunately I dont think there is an insurance plan for that, I have looked. See if you can work something out with the dentist like the two at a time thing, or just getting the ones you really need first, thats what i'm doing. Good luck!References :

2012-12-05 17:44:36

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