As parents, we often wonder if this habit of clicking affects our child's development. Although it is perfectly natural for children to suck their fingers or thumbs, parents should still pay attention to the development of their child's teeth. Because continuous finger or thumb sucking can cause the problem of finger sucking teeth

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When will my child stop sucking his thumb?

Kids normally stop sucking their finger or thumb between two years to four years age, or when the permanent front teeth are ready to come out. However, if your child continues to suck his fingers or thumbs after this age it could affect the shape of your child's mouth and teeth.

The effect of burning milk teeth

Children who passively put their thumbs in their mouths may have fewer dental problems than those who actively do. Extending and stretching your thumb for too long can affect the growth and development of your child's teeth. Some children may have problems with their baby (primary) teeth, which keep the room in the jaw for the permanent teeth that grow under the gums.

Problems that can affect your child's physical health include:

  • Excess, crooked, or problematic teeth

  • Language development problems

  • Uneven jaw

  • Changes in the structure of the roof of the mouth

If your child sucks your thumb, ask your child's dentist to examine your mouth to make sure it is developing properly.