Brunel Dental Practice

When Is a Child’s Thumb Sucking a Problem?

Thumb sucking is a normal part of childhood development and yet, this habit can lead to oral issues if it continues past the age of five. What are some concerns that parents should keep in mind?

  • The thumb-sucking could cause the adult teeth to erupt crooked.
  • The development of the jaw could likewise be affected.
  • This leads to a condition known as a malocclusion, which may require braces to straighten the teeth or correct the bite.

If your child still sucks their thumb as their permanent teeth come in, it can cause issues with the growth and the alignment of the teeth.

Learn more about when you should speak with a dentist:
Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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