Can Finger and Thumb-Sucking Damage Toddler Teeth?

Have you ever wondered when your child should stop sucking their thumbs? Have you ever wondered if the mother or finger-sucking toddler tooth decay? Both as a mother and a dentist, this is a question I too have to ask. The answer to this is yes and no. Many toddlers love the convenience of the thumb or finger sucking presents.

They feel safe, secure and comforted by this act small, seemingly harmless. In fact, they often feel so comforted by it that we, as parents, is more concerned about making them stop than the potential damage it can cause. Especially since we know that the process is likely to be full of fury and more sleepless nights! You can get to know more about The Hand Stopper Thumb Guard and the reasons behind sucking thumb via searching online.

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The thumb and finger sucking can be safe for teeth toddlers up to a certain age range. In general, the thumb or finger sucking safely until about the age of four. Children who suck their thumbs or fingers will get what they usually call the public "against the teeth."

This is when the teeth in the front of the mouth begin to stick out and it looks great and out of line with the other teeth. This happens because the children's teeth are easily transferred, and therefore take the form of any object placed between them. So, in time, you will find that the thumb or finger fits like a key in the lock in front of the tooth-sucking toddler's mother.

If the thumb sucking is stopped before the age of four, generally the teeth will return to their normal place in the mouth and looks less "fight."

 

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