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If you your child’ has a habit of sucking their thumb, you are welcome to speak with our team at Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC about whether this is a cause for concern. Many children go through a phase of thumbsucking when young, with no issues. We can offer guidance on when to intervene with a thumbsucking habit that can negatively affect oral health.

Thumbsucking is common among young children, particularly as a form of comfort, and naturally disappears as they age and change. At about the age of four, a child could be ceasing their thumbsucking, and children about the age of five or six could be at risk of disrupted oral development from thumbsucking, such as front teeth that jut out or permanent teeth that can’t erupt properly. This could result in the need for corrective dental care from our pediatric dentist.

If your child’s thumbsucking habit has become a concern, we invite you to try the following tactics:

– Talk to your child about giving up the habit and praise them when they try.
– Create a reward chart or some other that helps your child track their progress.
– Bandage the thumb with a glove or unpleasant tasting substance to encourage them to not stick their thumb in their mouth.
– Because stress is a common cause of thumbsucking, make sure your reinforcement is positive.
– Ask Dr. Dennis Burrell for further insight on overcoming thumbsucking.

We invite you to contact our office at 253-564-7645 today to schedule a consultation with our pediatric dentist and discuss how to stop thumbsucking in University Place, Washington.