Side Effects of Thumb Sucking

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Side Effects of Thumb Sucking

According to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for Health Care, Research and Education, thumb sucking is normal and soothing in babies and young children. Thumb sucking can be the result of hunger, boredom, nervousness or tiredness. Most children stop sucking their thumbs between the ages of 3 and 6. For children who continue to suck their thumbs as their permanent teeth are beginning to come in, there are possible negative side effects.

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Dental Problems

Dental problems can occur from extended thumb sucking. A child’s teeth may not align properly (malocclusion), or the teeth may be pushed outward causing an overbite. The roof of the mouth may become malformed. Depending on the severity of these issues, treatment from an orthodontist may be needed.

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