Parents need to understand it is natural for babies to suck their thumb. It makes them feel secure and provides a sense of security in new places. Children may resort to thumb-sucking when hungry or to help them sleep.
Germs can transfer from the thumb to the mouth. This can cause the child to have various diseases. Prolonged thumb sucking can also hinder the alignment of teeth and jawbone. Speech and language development can also be impacted as this limits the ability to practice speech.
The two most common issues that occur due to prolonged thumb sucking are:
Improper Teeth Alignment: The upper and lower teeth get misaligned when you bite down. A posterior crossbite can occur when the upper jaw is too narrow compared to the lower jaw.
Irregular mouth development: The roof of the mouth and tongue are affected by thumb sucking. This may alter the speech and cause a lisp when speaking.
Dentists recommend the below techniques to help your child to overcome the habit of thumb-sucking
Our expert orthodontist can assist you and help your child break the habit of thumb-sucking. They help the child understand the impact of this habit on his/her teeth and jawbone development. The treatment involves counseling, habit breakers, and using expander braces.
Our team could help analyze and monitor your child's dental health. Prevention is better than cure. Early treatment can prevent dental problems from developing. It makes treatment shorter and reduces complications.
For comprehensive dental care, visit Covington Dentistry at 27121 174th Place SE, Suite 202, Covington, WA 98042. Call us at (253) 638-9955 for appointments.