Perrysburg Dentistry

Thumb and finger sucking are completely normal activities for a child, and can be seen even before they are born, as they provide comfort and security for the child.   Most children quit sucking their thumb and throw away their pacifier between 2 and 4 years of age. For those who do not, the upper front teeth may tip forward, and the lower tip back, as a result.

Mom and Child

The back teeth because of the muscles, collapse, creating a narrow arch which can lead for an altered swallowing and speech patter.  Several treatments can be recommended for your child, depending on the severity of the habit.  Most stop sucking on their own, when they are old enough to understand the damage they are doing to their teeth.  With positive reinforcement from the parent and the dentist, most will change their behavior. When needed, an appliance can be fabricated as a helpful reminder to the child, to correct the habit. 

Mom and Child