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It is important to always be on the lookout for any issues or ailments that can arise with your child’s oral health care. Along with issues such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething, and other issues that can arise, it is also important to watch for any thumb sucking habits that begin to arise. Although thumb sucking is natural, it can lead to damage to a child’s smile.

Thumb-sucking has been known to hinder the growth of teeth, so it is important to make sure to nip it as soon as it begins to appear. Typically, a child should stop sucking their thumbs by the time they are 4 years old. This is because their permanent teeth are beginning to grow in, and it can drastically affect their shape and position.

Beware that thumb sucking is often used as a security blanket, so it is important to maintain a stress-free environment for your child, so that they do not find themselves often relying on thumb sucking as a means of protection. In addition, praise your child when they are not sucking their thumb and don’t be afraid to speak to them about the dangers of thumb-sucking. If you need additional help, you can bring your child in to visit their pediatric dentist.

Make sure to take diligent care of your child’s teeth, so that their smile can last for ages. For more information about thumb sucking, or to schedule a comprehensive oral examination with Dr. Trent Pryor and our team at St. George Kids Dental, give us a call at 435-673-3490. Our office is suitably located in St. George, Utah.