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If you’ve ever raised a child, you probably understand that there are a few things you should do to keep your child healthy and strong. For instance, you should help your child brush their teeth and help them floss once their teeth start touching. However, do you know what you should do when your child sucks their thumb?

In reality, thumb sucking is a perfectly natural habit. Infants may suck their thumb for comfort as a way to fall asleep. However, many children suck their thumbs habitually when they’re about a year old. Furthermore, most children stop sucking their thumbs on their own before they’re four years old. If your children continue sucking their thumb when they’re older than four, they could damage the roof of their mouth or have crooked or buck teeth.

Luckily, there are several things you may need to do if you want to help your child break the habit. Some children will use a pacifier instead of their thumb. You could also consider putting extremely sour liquids on the thumb to discourage sucking. Finger splints are another issue you can consider. However, please note that these methods could upset children, which could make them more determined to suck their thumb. Fortunately, medical professionals may also be able to help.

To learn more about how our team can help you with your child’s thumb sucking in Manchester, Michigan, we invite you to give Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Manchester a call at 734-428-8000. Our dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to receiving your call soon.