Digit Sucking

Thumb or finger sucking are habits that occurs in infants. Children usually give up thumb-sucking by the age of four.

If the child continues past the age when their permanent teeth start to erupt, they may develop crooked teeth and a malformed roof of their mouth. This results from the frequency, duration, intensity and position of the thumb in the child’s mouth. This can also effect the position of the upper and lower jaw and can also affect speech.

Breaking Your Child’s Habit:

  • Wait till the time is right (low stress).
  • Motivate your child. Show examples of what could happen to teeth & fingers.
  • Use a reward system. Small incentives will encourage your child to stick with it.

Are you concerned that your child is suffering from thumb or finger sucking habits? Contact us at Jamboree Dentistry, today. We’re a pediatric dentistry practice in Houston, Texas. Unlike other pediatric dentistry offices, Jamboree Dentistry is very child-friendly. Contact us for more information, today.