Thumb Sucking

At Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry, we are also parents, and we know that thumb sucking along with the use of favorite blankets, teddy bears, and nap time can be one of the most comforting aspects of childhood. However, according to recent reports, up to 75% to 95% of infants suck their thumbs. You may be asking “Is this something for you to worry about?”

In most cases, the answer to this is “no,” but it is important to pay attention to your own child’s habits as their behavior has a potentially adverse effect on their oral health.

Since most children begin sucking their thumbs or fingers at a very young age, sucking is a natural reflex, and it serves a very important purpose. It generally provides the child with a sense of security, and it can also be relaxing, which is why many children suck their thumbs when falling asleep.

Most children according to the Canadian Dental Association stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of two to four years old. They simply outgrow the habit. However, if your child is beyond pre-school years and is still sucking their thumb as their permanent teeth erupt, it may be time to take action to break the habit.

What signs should you watch for?

The first thing you should be aware of is how your child sucks their thumb. If the sucking is passive, with the thumb gently resting in the mouth, it is less likely to cause damage. However, if the thumb sucking is more aggressive, placing pressure on the mouth or teeth, then this may be a habit that could cause problems with tooth alignment or proper mouth growth. Extended sucking can affect the shape of the jaw form and face, which may require extensive orthodontic treatment in future.

What can I do to stop my child from Thumb Sucking?

We suggest that you book a thumb sucking consultation appointment with us. We can help by teaching you how to end this habit before it becomes a severe problem affecting your child’s oral health.

The team at Chestermere Station Pediatric Dentistry is here to help support you and help you during the process of breaking the thumb sucking habit.

Call us at (587) 349-5858 to book your
child’s Thumb Sucking consultation with us today!