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Effects of Thumb Sucking on Teeth

It seems that every child lately has been using a pacifier or sucking their thumb to stay happy. Many parents wonder about thumb sucking and how it affects the growing teeth. Children usually grow out of this phase before tooth formation is badly damaged.

However, in other cases, children will maintain this habit for years. Here's some information about how your thumb suction can change to alter the normal development of the bite. You can also look for professional dentists for thumb sucking prevention in children.

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First, understand that thumb sucking is normal for children. Some babies actually suck their thumb or finger while they are in the womb. These techniques help children feel more comfortable and relaxed around them.

By around 3 or 4 years of age, most children give up the habit and bite formation remains normal. Children who continue this practice until permanent teeth come in usually have problems.

Some of the things that can happen if a child doesn't stop sucking his thumb is that the jawbone can be completely reshaped. This is because the jawbone is still flexible and soft at this point and can still be shaped.

Teeth that begin to grow are usually misaligned and positioned inappropriately due to thumb suction. Often, the dental arch narrows and the upper palate teeth tilt upward and start to come out. This can lead to changes in the child's palate, which can lead to more changes. This can lead to poorly placed tongue in the mouth and affect how the child eats. It is difficult to chew and swallow properly.