Is Thumb Sucking Bad for My Child’s Teeth?

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Natural instinct to suckle at birth the body is strong – so strong, in fact, a newborn can feed at the breast within minutes of birth. However, most parents quickly find that the urge to suck goes well beyond the need for sustenance – it acts as a natural mechanism for soothing babies and young children by things such as colic, pain teething and even asleep.

At some point during the first months of life, a baby will use his thumb or a pacifier as a "security blanket. "Whether it continues depends on the behavior of each child, and many lose interest in the comfort sucking as they find other ways of coping and self-soothe. For some babies, however, the need to suck continued for many years. So it's good to break the habit so that the child stops the Thumb Sucking as soon as possible after a certain age.

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Experts weigh on Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is a subject of debate since the beginning of time. The wealth of expert opinion has run the gamut of "always leave a child as his thumb if he wants" to "Never leave a child sucking his thumb. 

These days, experts are more likely to meet in the middle – let the child suck his thumb, but do not let it continue after the age of three or four. According to the Facts of the AAPD, parents should not be concerned with thumb sucking – it is natural and normal. However, once a child reaches the preschool, thumb sucking can lead to jaw misalignment of teeth.

Help your child to stop the Sucking  habit 

While most children outgrow the need to comfort suck their thumb or pacifier, sometimes a parent must step in and help a child to stop the habit. When should a parent in step? If the child is bothered by sucking in daycare or preschool or dental problems start to appear, it is time to intervene. 

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