• Pediatric Dentist
    Chad W Ellsworth, DMD, MS
    Jeffrey A Cox, DDS
    Levi J Sorenson, DMD
    Sulabh H Shroff, DMD

    General Dentist
    Limited to Children

    Jeffrey A Kinner, DDS

    Orthodontist
    Alfred A Thresher, DDS

  • Pediatric Dentist
    Chad W Ellsworth, DMD, MS
    Jeffrey A Cox, DDS
    Levi J Sorenson, DMD
    Sulabh H Shroff, DMD

    General Dentist
    Limited to Children

    Jeffrey A Kinner, DDS

    Orthodontist
    Alfred A Thresher, DDS

Thumb/Finger Habit

Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. Children usually cease thumb sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically, children stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth. If you notice prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking behavior in your child, let us know.

Here are some ways to help your child outgrow thumb sucking:

  • Don’t scold a child when they exhibit thumb sucking behavior; instead, praise them when they don’t thumb suck.
  • Focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety—thumb sucking is a comfort device that helps children cope with stress or discomfort.
  • Praise them when they refrain from the habit during difficult periods.
  • Place a bandage on the thumb or a sock on their hand at night.

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