Many children resort to thumb-sucking or pacifier for comfort. It is a natural reflex for babies and toddlers, helping them to feel comforted and secure. Usually, they will begin to thumb-sucking when they are tired or cranky to help cool down. However, many parents are worried that this bad habit will have a bad effect on their children's teeth.

The truth is, yes, if the breast feeding lasts too long, it can lead to improper growth and development of permanent teeth in children. Fortunately, it was not a condition that occurs overnight. Most parents have a lot of time to help their children stop thumb sucking before it becomes a serious dental problem.

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How Long Should Thumb-Sucking Usually Last?

In the first few months, babies are likely to develop the habit of sucking, and in the early stages, it is not dangerous. But how long is too long? Many children would end up kicking the habit on their own between ages 2 and 4. They will develop other ways to calm down, and with a little encouragement or peer pressure, they will usually stop all on their own.

Consider Taking Action If:

  • Your child combative sucking their thumbs after the age of 4 or 5
  • permanent teeth begin to grow and remain of habit
  • dental problems began to occur, such as the front teeth are pushed out of place
  • your child be embarrassed thumb-sucking

Experts suggest a few tips to help parents weaning their children from a thumb or finger-sucking. this type of action does not need to be a power struggle. Instead, use a simple method to help your child figure other ways to find comfort and security.