What Happens If Child Keeps Sucking Their Thumb?

Babies are born with the reflex to suck anything that is put in their mouth to form good eating habits. This reflex usually disappears over time. Unfortunately, some kids don't stop this habit easily and need a little help to stop. You can also visit this site to know more about how to stop thumb sucking in children.

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The longer the thumb sucking and dummy practice continue, the higher the risk of difficulties with their teeth and that might indicate the need for costly corrective orthodontics!

If thumb or finger sucking is continued beyond the age of five, we are concerned that the changes in the shape and growth of the jaw and the position of the teeth may permanently change in adults.

The sucking intensity plays an important role in the development of dental problems. If the child calmly sucks on their thumb, the damage may be restricted and the habit may be easier to control.  

Sturdy sucking, on the other hand, can cause changes to the roof of the mouth that interfere with constant biting and are usually more difficult to perform even without more forceful measures.

The younger the age at which a kid stops this thumb sucking, the more probable it is that their teeth and jaw will correct their natural growth problems. Ideally, the dummy should be abandoned and thumb sucking habit should be stopped before the child is three years old.