How Thumb Sucking Affects Children's Teeth


Many children suck their fingers or thumbs.

It's a common habit, especially amongst infants and toddlers, who might use their thumb to self-comfort.

Often children stop by the time they reach school age. In some children, however, the habit persists. A common question I'm asked is, "What happens to the teeth, if my child sucks their fingers or their thumb?"

Clinically, some of the side-effects of this habit include: prominent or buck teeth, an open bite, or lack of overlap between the upper and lower front teeth, and sometimes, they even delayed full eruption of the front permanent incisor teeth if the child is older, say around age eight years.

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