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Oral Habits (finger and thumb sucking)

Oral Habits (finger and thumb sucking)

Thumb sucking isn't usually a concern until a child's permanent teeth come in. At this point, thumb sucking might begin to affect the roof of the mouth (palate) or how the teeth line up. The risk of dental problems is related to how often, how long and how intensely your child sucks on his or her thumb.

Although some experts recommend addressing sucking habits before age 3, the American Academy of Pediatrics says treatment is usually limited to children who continue thumb sucking after turning 5. (

If you are struggling to keep your child from sucking their fingers or thumbs, call me today. There are exercises we can go through that can easily ween your child off of their oral habits.

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