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Despite numerous oral health care treatments that exist to improve a child’s smile, thumb sucking tends to be a major concern for parents. These issues typically arise because a child can often see thumb-sucking as a security blanket and a means of protection. Thus, it is important to help your child become empowered, so they do not need to rely on thumb sucking a sleep apnea means of protection.

Typically, a child should stop sucking their thumb by the time they are 4. If they have not yet abandoned the habit, bring your child in to visit their pediatric dentist for a medication used to coat a child’s finger with a bitter substance. However, there are numerous treatment methods you can use before such a method needs to be used. This includes praising your child whenever they stop sucking their thumbs and helping grow their confidence through a relaxing and stress-free environment.

Thumb sucking is dangerous for your child because it can easily knock off the alignment of their teeth, and hinder the growth of their future teeth. When they are around the age of 4, due to thumb sucking, their permanent teeth can begin to grow in incorrectly or can be hindered in their growth. In addition, although pacifiers would appear to be a healthier alternative, they too can cause the same issues with a child’s tooth alignment. Although pacifiers are an easier habit to break, it is not recommended to wean your child off from thumb sucking and onto pacifiers.

If you would like to set up a thumb sucking treatment session at Dentistry for Children, you are welcome to call our office in San Antonio, Texas, at our number 210-432-1510. Dr. William D. Steinhauer and our entire team look forward to enhancing your child’s smile.