Are thumb sucking and pacifier habits harmful for my child's teeth?

Oral sucking habits are normal for babies and young children. Most children stop sucking on thumbs, fingers, and pacifiers on their own between two and four years of age. Usually, no harm is done to their teeth or jaws. In children who continue to suck on thumbs, fingers, and pacifiers, changes may be noted in tooth position and supporting bone structure.

At Capital Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that children stop oral habits well before the eruption of their first permanent tooth, usually by the age of five. In children who continue with sucking habits, we recommend the use of positive reinforcement for motivation. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Crippen can offer helpful advice to parents, as well as recommend more aggressive treatment including the use of mouth appliances and retainers.

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