Thumb sucking and its effects

Thumb sucking and its effects

Thumb sucking is a highly common habit found in a majority of children at some stage of their childhood. This behavior stems from a natural sucking instinct that gives babies a sense of satisfaction calm, and security – feelings that can follow a young child out of infancy. Many times, thumb sucking can help children to fall asleep as it helps them relax.

Unfortunately, this behavior can have serious significance for their dental health. Thumb sucking can impact tooth alignment and healthy mouth growth during critical stages which, if not stopped before the permanent teeth grow in, can cause lifelong challenges. You must help your child curb this behavior before that time. Most children will stop the habit of thumb sucking between the ages of two and four.

The Pediatric Dentist at Narnoly’s complete Dental CareRanchi says that if you have a kindergarten-age child or a child younger than that, you probably don’t need to worry about any lasting effects from using a pacifier or sucking their thumb. However, if your child starts to develop a speech problem, has dental issues, or even develops a callus on their thumb, then it is likely the time to think about helping your child to stop with either of these habits.

To make the picture clear, the kids dental specialist at Narnoly’s dental clinic have given us a few pointers on what to look for and how to manage the habit of thumb sucking in children.

Some Permanent effects of thumb sucking beyond the age of 5-6 years include:

  • Teeth being pushed around, which might cause an overbite or an underbite.
  • A lisp being formed because constant thumb sucking can affect the jaw bone positioning
  • Germs from your thumb and nearby areas affecting your body
  • The roof of the mouth becoming more sensitive

How to help your children stop sucking their thumb

At Narnolys Dental Clinic, we offer a variety of suggestions to help your child quit the habit.

Don’t forget that emotional disturbance is almost always  the source of thumb sucking behaviors. By noticing on the cause of the anxiety and helping them to deal with it positively, you can ease the need for a security measure.

Provide them with other things for comfort, such as a favorite blanket or stuffed toy.

Consider rewarding the behavior you want to see, such as when they abstain from thumb sucking during challenging or stressful moments. ( Obviously not candies or chocolates)

Come with your child to our complete dental care in Ranchi. Our child dentistry in Ranchi can explain to them what could occur if they continue and give them ideas for another path to manage their anxiety.

Specifically, if your child is a nighttime thumb sucker, try putting mittens or gloves on their hands to prevent them from sucking their thumb.