The Low Down on Thumb Sucking

Child with a Toothbrush in His Mouth

Most children born in a hospital are sent home with a green “Soothie” pacifier. The paci is a great help for parents to be able to comfort and quiet a fussy infant, at least as long as the baby will keep it in their mouth. But we all know children that would much rather be sucking on their own thumb.

In a way, thumb sucking is also a relief to parents: no more searching for a loose paci in the middle of the night, baby can self soothe easier. Not to mention the fact that a small sleeping baby is so sweet with their thumb tucked in their mouth.

When Teeth Start Erupting

Once a baby starts getting teeth in, the game changes. The sharp tooth that cuts through the gum will also cut through the tender skin of the thumb, causing a callused spot, and possibly an infection!

But most importantly, continual thumb sucking as the teeth erupt can cause the teeth to come in crooked. Lower front teeth may angle together, creating a point toward the tongue. Upper teeth may push out over the shape of the thumb. The alignment of the baby teeth will be off; since they act as a guide for the permanent teeth, thumb sucking could affect permanent teeth as well!

Help for Thumb Sucking in Dunwoody, Georgia

Bring your child for a checkup, so the team at Dunwoody Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can assess their bite and health of his or her teeth. We’ll give you some ideas and strategies to help stop the thumb sucking to keep those shiny new teeth straight and healthy.

Posted on behalf of Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

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