Ouch!!! Thumb Sucking Can Hurt Your Teeth!!!


Prolonged finger or thumb sucking can lead to crooked teeth and bite problems affecting both baby teeth and permanent teeth that are developing, causing upper front teeth to tip outward and upper jaw to narrow in the back.

If a child doesn’t stop on their own by the age of three, we do advise parents to discourage the habit. We recommend a positive approach that focuses on praising your child when they are not thumb sucking and finding more acceptable habits to replace the finger sucking with (i.e. playing with stress balls) as well as adding reminders not to suck such as wearing a band-aid over the finger/thumb or applying Mavala Stop. Be sure to Dr. A about specific tips to help your child stop her thumb sucking habit.