Young babies present different habits since birth. Thumb sucking inside the mother's womb is a common sight in a routine ultrasound check, Till 2 to 3 years of age, thumb sucking is a normal function, It reminds babies of the basic Instinct of breastfeeding and accordingly reassures them and helps them go to sleep. Moreover, thumb sucking helps in the growth of the palate.

If the child discontinues that habit before 6 years of age, any facial deformity will self-correct itself. However if the habit is carried on, then the upper teeth will be positioned forward and braces would be needed to correct and restore proper occlusion. Pediatric dentists and orthodontists con help children break the habit by proper counseling. Special devices can also be used if the habit persists.

A few home remedies by the parents could help the child break the thumb sucking habit Try to engage him in an activity that requires both hands, This will make the child take his thumb out of his mouth to perform the task.

At Drs. Nicolas & Asp Pediatric Dentistry Center, our team of experienced Pediatric dentists will not only treat your children's oral health problems, but also support and teach them on the importance of good oral hygiene. 

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