At some point in their infancy, most children suck their thumb. As part of the feeding process for babies, the sucking action is a natural reflex. Babies may suck on their thumb or fingers, or use a pacifier if given to them. It seems to be a soothing practice and is not a problem for babies.
However, once permanent teeth come in, sucking can cause problems with mouth development and can have a negative effect on the alignment of the teeth. It may even effect the development of the roof of the mouth. Pacifiers can be as detrimental, but it is an easier habit to break as one can simplyl take away the pacifier.
If your child has not stopped sucking his thumb by the time the adult teeth begin to come out and you are concerned that this may effect his dental health, you should consult a dentist. You could not do better than to contact Dr.Owens at Owens Familly Dentistry in Zachary, Louisiana.
This may be a perfect opportunity for you to take advantage of Dr. Owen’s Special Happy Visit, offering you a discount on your child’s first dentist visit while affording them the chance to start off their relationship with the dentist on a good note!
Owens Family Dentistry offers compassionate family and cosmetic dental care in Zachary, Louisiana, extending our services to people in St. Francisville, Jackson, Clinton, Ethel, Slaughter, Baker, Central, New Roads, and beyond.
For more information about dealing with thumbsucking in the context of your child’s dental health, you may like to view the page on Thumbsucking and Pacifiers and the effect on dental health at the ADA website. (The preceding link will open in a new window.)