Thumb-sucking is fairly normal in many young children, and it's something we often see at Bay Area Kids Dentist.
Most kids outgrow it, but it takes longer for some. Prolonged thumb sucking can cause future dental problems.
The American Dental Association says that parents should discourage thumb sucking by age four. If it goes beyond that, it could begin to affect the development of the jaw and teeth.
If kids keep sucking their thumbs into kindergarten, it's time to find a strategy that will get them to quit. Experts say a rewards system and positive reinforcement are the best ways to go about it.
If thumb sucking is a problem for your child, please talk to us about it at Bay Area Kids Dentist. We can start addressing the issue during a regularly scheduled cleaning and checkup. We specialize in pediatric dentistry and have offices in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Morgan Hill. Please call us to schedule an appointment today!