How Thumb Sucking Affects The Growth Of Teeth In Children?


Has your child got into the habit of thumb sucking? Has it persisted for a long time? Then read on to find out how thumb sucking can have a serious impact on the teeth growth of your child. Thumb sucking is a common phenomenon among many children. According to Canadian Dental Association, it is normal for babies to suck their thumb because it helps them relax. By the time they turn 3 years old, they have a lesser need to suck. But in some cases, this habit persists even beyond the age of 6. This can have a serious impact on their speech and dental growth.


Thumb sucking which continues even after the growth of permanent teeth can be harmful to the mouth and tooth alignment of your child. This can cause their teeth to be pushed outwards. The child’s teeth can get deformed and you will have to opt for an orthodontic treatment for your child. It can also cause affect the roof of the mouth.

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