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Thumb-sucking and Your Child’s Oral Health

Did you know that thumb sucking could start in the mother’s womb. Long term thumb-sucking can lead to multiple health problems.
Thumb sucking can lead to improper development of the jaws. In addition upper and lower front teeth do not meet. As a consequence children can struggle with speech and chewing.
This may also cause developmental delays . It is very important to break the habit as soon as possible.

Here are a few tips when it comes to breaking your child’s thumb-sucking habit.

Gently discourage the behavior when it is observed.
Provide positive reinforcement when the child is not sucking their thumb.
If the child continues to suck their thumb it may be an indicator of a bigger breathing and sleeping disturbance.

Call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors or myofunctional therapists at 978 922-4200

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