Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers Can Create Dental Problems

Dr. Jordan Pettigrew

Children who suck their thumb, fingers, binky, or pacifier can develop problems with the roof of their mouth and how their teeth come together. Most children stop between ages 2 and 4. Thumb sucking should stop before the child’s permanent teeth start coming in.  In most cases the damage created will correct itself if the habit can be corrected early.  In some more extreme cases orthodontics may be required.


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