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How Thumb Sucking Affects Your Child’s Teeth

Thumb sucking is a natural habit in children, however, if it continues once adult teeth start to emerge it can cause problems.

Key points:

– Most children stop sucking their thumb between the ages of three and six.

– Thumb sucking can affect the alignment of permanent teeth resulting in crowding, protrusion or crookedness.

– Thumb sucking can also lead to a misaligned bite where the upper and lower teeth don’t meet as they should.

You can schedule an appointment with your child-friendly dentist to talk about your child’s thumb-sucking habits and determine if they could be negatively impacting your child’s smile.

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