Thumbsucking and Your Child’s Dental Health

Smile Workshop is a family dental practice focused on helping your entire family achieve positive oral health. We believe children shouldn’t ever suffer from nagging dental problems. Our dental office is home to several dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, pedodontists and endodontists. We can help your family with any type of dental issue. Do you have a young child who is sucking his or her thumb? Thumbsucking may comfort your child, but it can eventually lead to dental problems.

It is very common for young children to suck their thumbs. The action of sucking on a thumb or pacifier calms children down. It is important to make sure your child doesn’t make a habit out of thumbsucking. Children who aggressively suck their thumbs can develop problems with both their baby and adult teeth.

If your child is over the age of four and is still sucking their thumb, take him or her to Smile Workshop. Our dentists will check your child for any signs of future dental problems.

Help your child stop sucking his or her thumb:

–       Avoid any anxiety causing situations.

–       Encourage your child to stop sucking his or her thumb.

–       For nighttime thumbsucking, put a bandage on your child’s thumb.

–       Talk with a Smile Workshop dentist for tips to stop thumbsucking.

Are you worried about your child’s thumbsucking? Smile Workshop will teach you how to help your child stop sucking his or her thumb. Has your family been to a dentist for dental cleanings in 2013? Make sure your family practices positive dental routines by coming to Smile Workshop for dental cleanings at least twice a year.

Smile Workshop has eight locations throughout Texas (Cedar Hill, Dallas, Timber Creek, Denton, Hurst, Balch Springs San Antonio and Amarillo). When you and your family need dental work, call your local Smile Workshop.

-Smile Workshop