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Why Should You Prevent Thumb-Sucking?

Last updated 5 years ago

Many infants and young children rely on thumb-sucking as a way to calm themselves. However, thumb-sucking can have a direct effect on the integrity of your child’s teeth. In this video, the American Dental Association discusses the reasons why parents should put an end to thumb-sucking habits.

Children who suck their thumb or use a pacifier may experience a number of side effects, such as improper tooth spacing and alignment, changes in the formation of the roof of the mouth, and changes to the primary teeth. Watch this full clip for advice on breaking thumb-sucking habits in your child.

Thumb-sucking habits can lead to a number of problems with your child’s teeth. Check out this article from for tips on putting an end to your child’s thumb-sucking habits or pacifier use.

Are you worried about the effects of thumb-sucking on your child’s teeth? Call Dr. Deborah Pilla with Park View Pediatric Dentistry today at (646) 402-6578 to set up an initial dental consultation for your child. Our pediatric dentists also offer early orthodontic treatment  and sedation dentistry. 


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