Your children are our job at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry and we know how important their comfort is, along with their health.
Our babies are so sweet when they suck their thumbs. They do this because sucking is natural to them, and it soothes them, and as parents, we like when they can self-soothe. Children usually cease thumb sucking by the age of two, long before their permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. We encourage parents to assist your child in stopping thumb sucking before their permanent teeth ascend. Some parents find breaking a baby of a pacifier to be easier than their thumb. Thumb sucking that persists when the permanent teeth erupt can cause improper growth and misalignment of the teeth to occur.
How do I stop my child from sucking their thumb?
Most children stop these habits on their own. If you notice prolonged thumb sucking behavior in your child, here are some tips to help your child stop.
||Have a conversation with your child about why now is a good time to stop
||Limit their thumb sucking to their room or at bedtime only
||Point out to them that they are doing it, ask "Do you need to suck your thumb right now?"
||Discuss with them that when children get older, its not appropriate any longer, point out that you do not suck your thumb, nor does a person or character that they like
Eventually all children do give up sucking their thumb, the younger the better. For more tips and information contact our doctors, Chris Lugo, DMD, Jenny-Lee Kramar, BDS, Kendra E. Farmer, DDS, Kristin Johannsen, DDS, MSD, Chad Slaven, DDS, MSD, Paula Stepp, DMD, MS, and Trisha Benton, DMD, At one of our pediatric dentistry locations:
919 State Ave #104, Marysville, WA 98270
Phone: (360) 659-8100
14090 Fryelands Blvd Suite 348, Monroe, WA 98272
Phone: (360) 863-8700
9421 N Davies Rd Suite A, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
Phone: (425) 367-4149
7104 265th Street NW. #110 Stanwood, WA 98292
Phone: (360) 339-8000
We are here to educate and assist your child be comfortable and above all, healthy.