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How thumb sucking affects the teeth negatively

Lots of people do not know that thumb or finger sucking and tongue sucking can affect the teeth negatively which results in dental issues like crowding, spacing and lots more. 

The most common one is thumb Sucking. Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for children that often begins soon after birth. While it offers comfort and security, it also leads to dental issues.

When your child sucks their thumb, the thumb puts pressure on the roof of their mouth and changes how it’s shaped.‌

Thumb sucking is a smaller concern for baby teeth.

It has a more serious impact on permanent teeth. Your child’s teeth may grow in crooked or crowded way.

Common Dental Problems That Results From Thumb Sucking 

•The upper jaw extending out further from your child’s face than it should.

•Lower front teeth tilt into your child’s mouth instead of being straight.

•A gap between the upper and lower teeth where they should meet in a bite.

•An inability to bite the front teeth together.

•The roof of the mouth narrowing and pushing further up.

ALSO READ: How to recognize and manage swollen gums around a tooth

During the first year of life, one in three babies suck their thumb. 

Most children stop sucking their thumbs independently between the ages of 2 and 4 years old. 

If your child has dental issues from thumb sucking, orthodontic braces may help move teeth back into place.

Additional benefits of an orthodontic treatment 

•Improving your child’s ability to chew food.

•Fixing your child’s bite to improve their speech.

•Lessening the chances for abnormal enamel wear caused by tooth misalignment.

•Fixing jaw problems that may cause an underbite or overbite.

•Reducing the chances of tooth decay and development of gum disease.

It is best to visit a dentist for checkup.

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