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Thumb-sucking in children is natural, but it can potentially cause a host of problems. Not only can it stunt the growth of teeth growing in, but it can also change the alignment of your child’s jaw and smile. If your child continually sucks on a pacifier, many of the same problems can develop. Instead, work on teaching your child to break the habit. There are a few tips and tricks to help your child stop sucking their thumb.

If your child is old enough to understand that thumb sucking is harmful, you can talk to them about it. Make sure they understand the risks involved. Our dental team can also help them understand. 

Shower your child with praise and affection every time they stop sucking their thumbs. The link between thumb sucking and anxiety is well documented, as many children use thumb sucking as a defense mechanism when they are depressed or afraid. Building up their self-esteem can help them quit the habit. If you are still struggling to get your child to stop sucking their thumb, their pediatrician can place a safe yet extremely substance on their thumbs to discourage thumb-sucking.

If you are looking for pediatric treatments in Maricopa, Arizona, Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, Duane C. Clouse, PC would love to help. For a more thorough examination to determine which treatment will work best for your child, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Duane C. Clouse by calling 520-316-6111. We are happy to take care of any oral health needs your child may have.