Loma Linda Children's Dental Group | Thumb Sucking in Loma Linda

 

 Dr. Christopher Wacker

              Pediatric Dentistry
  Loma Linda Children's Dental Group

     In the Professional Plaza across from the VA
 

 

 

 
25455 Barton Road, Suite 205B, Loma Linda, CA 92354
       (909) 796-2507  Fax (909) 796-3247
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Thumb Sucking
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 two and four 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, talk to your dentists.

Here are some ways 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.

Thumb Sucking Appliance

Before Device Device Installed After Device

 
 
Loma Linda Dentist | Thumb Sucking. Christopher Wacker is a Loma Linda Dentist.