Thumbsucking is a natural reflex for infants as it provides a sense of emotional security and contentment. However, if the behavior becomes a habit for a child who’s permanent teeth are starting to erupt, it could possibly lead to an oral health issue. With continuous thumbsucking, it can affect your child’s teeth, the shape of the face and sometimes oral speech. If the behavior is not corrected, it can also lead to orthodontic treatment in the future.

To help your child break the habit, be sure to provide encouragement and positive reinforcement for avoiding the habit. Also, keep in mind that it is a choice for children to suck their thumb so understanding and correcting your child’s stresses can help eliminate the behavior.

If you are unsure about how to correct thumbsucking or would like to know more information, please give us a call to set up a consultation. We would be happy to provide you with more solutions for how to break the habit.