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Thumb-sucking is known as a way for a baby to pacify his or herself, but it can affect their oral health negatively. Read today’s blog about how this stress-reliever may cause potential future oral problems and increased need for dentist visits.

Thumb-sucking for babies and toddlers is typically a reaction to stress and anxiety, and as a parent or caregiver, you may be tempted to allow them to continue; however, it can affect their teeth and mouth adversely, causing more problems than it’s worth. Some of the potential dental issues thumb sucking in Flemington, New Jersey, could cause include:

– Overbite, which is when the top teeth cover the bottom teeth, instead of them touching evenly, and can be the result of having your child’s mouth closed a lot, such as with thumb sucking.

– Open Bite, a more serious permanent side effect of thumb-sucking, otherwise known as malocclusion. This misalignment usually requires orthodontic correction in the future.

– Speech Impediment can occur when children suck their thumb, especially with hard consonants, such as “D” and “T”.

– Social issues, if the habit continues when they get into school, with kids bullying the child. Since thumb sucking is mainly a habit to deal with stress and anxiety, it may make things worse.

If you would like help to break your child’s habits, please get in touch with our dental team at Flemington Dental Arts. We are more than happy to set you up an appointment with Dr. Guy M. Bennett for thumb-sucking. Contact us at 908-788-1661 today!