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You probably know that there are several things you’ll need to do if you’re hoping to keep your child healthy and strong. For example, you probably understand that you should help your child brush their teeth and that you should help them floss once their teeth start to touch. However, do you know what you should do when your child starts sucking their thumb?

Fortunately, you won’t usually have to do anything about thumb sucking. You see, most children start when they’re close to a year old, but also stop at about four years old. However, if your child doesn’t stop on their own, you may need to help them. Thumb sucking can cause slanted teeth, could alter the shape of the roof of your child’s mouth, and could even cause buck teeth.

If you need to help your child stop sucking their thumbs, there are a few things you can try. Of course, you could look for professional help, but there are also options you can consider trying from home. For instance, finger splints could be extremely useful, but you could also put poor-tasting liquids on your child’s thumbs. Sadly, if you try to stop your child from sucking their thumb, they might actually be even more determined to suck their thumb.

Would you like to learn more about the care you can receive from your team? Do you have more questions about helping your little one stop sucking their thumb in Bessemer, Alabama? If so, we invite you to contact Pitner Family Dentistry by calling 205-426-2644. Our dentist, Dr. Rebecca Pitner, and our team look forward to meeting with you!