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Can Finger and Thumb-Sucking Damage Children’s Teeth?

Many young children enjoy the convenience offered by thumb or finger sucking. They feel safe and secure through this seemingly innocuous act. In fact, they are often so comforted that we, as parents, care more about stopping them than the potential harm they can cause. Especially since we know the process is likely to be full of tantrums and many more sleepless nights!

Thumb and finger sucking are safe for children up to certain age groups. Generally, thumb or finger sucking is safe until around age four. Children who suck on their thumbs or fingers usually get what the general public calls a "broken tooth." You can also know more about how to stop thumb sucking through various online sources. 

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This occurs when the teeth at the front of the mouth protrude and appear large and non-linear with the rest of the teeth. This occurs because children's teeth move easily. If thumb sucking is stopped before the age of four, the teeth usually return to their normal position in the mouth and do not look too "crooked". 

However, as the child grows, the teeth move more easily and therefore may not return to their original position. Because permanent teeth follow the pattern of inclusion of small teeth, they usually enter where the baby teeth are. 

After the small teeth fall out, the new permanent adult teeth will usually stay in that new position and hold on much stronger. Because they hold on tightly compared to small teeth, they are more likely to return to their normal, "undistorted" position in the mouth is very small. 

Unfortunately, this can mean that in the future the child will have to wear braces or orthodontic appliances. And when orthodontics can't afford it, children are exposed to smiles that sometimes make them feel conscious or embarrassed.

So try to stop thumb sucking as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the harder (and more expensive) it will cost!

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