Daily Dental Tip: Thumbs Down on Thumb Sucking

15 Jun

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Children who still suck their fingers or thumbs after their permanent teeth start coming in — usually around the age of 5 or 6 — could be causing permanent changes that affect tooth and jaw structure. Specifically, thumb sucking can cause a misalignment of the teeth. This misalignment can lead to a number of issues, including difficulty chewing and breathing problems — so help wean your child off his thumb.

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