As a normal habit for children, thumb sucking often provides a sense of comfort and safety. We can compare this habit to the effect that comfort objects may have; some common comfort objects include a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or other familiar object. Thumb sucking is a common and effective way for many children to feel calm or safe; however, this is a habit that will eventually need to be broken to help prevent issues with your child’s teeth and oral structure.

Our dentist at Angel Dentistry cares about you and your family, and we want to help your child establish and maintain optimum oral health for a lifetime. If your child sucks their thumb, Dr. Angel can provide some tips that can help you child end their thumb-sucking habit. Some of these tips include:

  • View how and when your child sucks their thumb. Are they constantly sucking their thumb, or only occasionally?
  • Take note of the situations where your child sucks their thumb. Many children may choose to suck their thumb when they are nervous, tired, or scared.
  • Praise your child when they do not suck their thumb, especially in situations where they normally would have chosen to do so.
  • Discuss the effects that thumb sucking may have on your child’s teeth.
  • Help your child find a new comfort object that will bring the same effect as thumb sucking.

Most children, at some point, will suck their thumb for one reason or another. While this habit is harmless at the beginning, it can begin to have a negative effect when a child consistently has their thumb in their mouth and presses against their teeth and gums. If you are unsure if your child’s thumb-sucking habit could cause damage to their teeth, we invite you to set up a consultation with our dentist.

If you want to know more about thumb-sucking treatment in Phoenix, Arizona, and if you would like to make an appointment, please feel free to call our office at 602-788-2008.