Does Your Child Suck Their Thumb Regularly?

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If you child regularly sucks their thumb, they could be at a much higher risk of oral health problems and issues for many years to come. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatment techniques and methods to help your children overcome thumb sucking and lead them on a path towards optimum oral health.

One of the biggest reasons children suck their thumbs is because it acts a security blanket for them to deal with fears and anxieties they may possess. Building your child’s confidence goes a long way in breaking the habits of thumb sucking. For additional support, you can reward your child whenever they stop sucking their thumb and remind them of the benefits of avoiding the habit.

Switching a child off of thumb sucking and onto a pacifier is generally not recommended because although pacifiers are an easier habit to break, they tend to carry bacteria and germs like their thumbs would, and it even causes the same oral ailments, including misalignments with their smile. For additional help, speak with the child’s pediatrician.

No matter which service you choose, the real importance is the oral health benefits each can provide. If you would like Dr. R. Bruce Howell and our team at Orem Pediatric Dentistry to bring your child in for an oral exam to determine which thumb sucking treatment is best, please contact our pediatric office in Orem, Utah, by calling us at 801-802-7200. We can get your child on the path to smiles for miles!