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Although thumb sucking in children is an entirely natural habit that children can develop, to protect a child’s teeth, it should be prevented over the long term. For more information about thumb sucking, consider the following tips and techniques for ending thumb sucking habits with your child:

– Children who suck their thumbs are regularly more likely to develop alignment issues with their teeth.

– Pacifiers are just as hazardous to a child’s oral health as thumb sucking can be, but pacifiers do tend to be an easier habit of terminating and weaning children from.

– Thumb sucking can hinder a child’s oral health progress and slow the rate at which teeth grow in.

– It is recommended to build a sense of self-worth in children to boost their self-esteem and help them rely less on thumb sucking as a means of a security blanket or shield.

– Bacteria from a child’s thumb can easily end up in their mouth when they suck their thumb, which opens a child up to a horde of heightened risks associated with poor oral hygiene and bad bacteria in their mouth.

– Pediatricians can provide substances to wean children off thumb sucking by placing the substance on their thumbs.

With thumb sucking treatments, your child’s smile will not only look better, but it can be healthier too. If you would like to meet with Dr. Michael J Leahy and our team at Michael J Leahy DDS for an examination, please call 614-848-4900 to schedule an appointment at our dental office in Columbus, Ohio. We will ensure your child gets the smile they need.