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Are you aware that sucking on thumbs can impair your smile and knock it out of alignment? Given the perils that exist, thumb sucking should be discouraged whenever possible. A better smile awaits with thumb sucking prevention. The key to understanding thumb sucking includes the following:

– Seek to encourage or praise your child when they stop sucking their thumb by giving them a treat or gift that helps to remind them to not suck their thumb.
– During the moments when your child is sucking their thumb, explain to them the effect thumb sucking can have on their teeth.
– Although pacifiers may seem like a suitable replacement to thumb sucking, they are not, as they can cause the same type of damage to your child’s teeth.
– If your child has not stopped thumb sucking by 4 years of age, you should begin to try to be more proactive to help them break the habit.
– In some cases, a pediatrician can help with the child’s habit by coating their finger in a foul tasting substance.

If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a glorious smile for your child with thumb sucking prevention, set an appointment with Seaside Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Inc at our pediatric office in La Jolla, California. Dr. Anthony Scoma and the rest of our team can be reached at 858-551-9700. Don’t let thumb sucking control your child’s life. It’s time to fight back and get the smile they deserve!