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.

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