While thumb and pacifier sucking is normal for the first few years of your child’s life, sucking habits that persist beyond about 3 years of age can cause serious dental problems, and disrupt the development of your child’s teeth and jaws. Our pediatric dentists at Echeverri Dental Center can help you stop your child’s finger and pacifier sucking habits. Please call us today at 713-956-8767 for more information, and to make your child’s appointment with our pediatric specialists in Houston, Texas.
When you bring your child to our office for his or her routine checkups, we will carefully examine and monitor the eruption and development of your child’s teeth and jaws. Most children will stop sucking their fingers or pacifiers on their own, generally between 2-4 years of age. However, some children require a little bit of help from their parents or from our pediatric dentists. Children who continue to suck their fingers may develop bad bites, where the teeth tip toward the lips, are severely misaligned, or do not come in properly. Prolonged sucking can affect the way the teeth bite together, as well as the growth and development of the jaws and bones that support the teeth.
Once your child is old enough to understand the potential results of a sucking habit, we can gently encourage your child to stop. If speaking them about it does not help, we can recommend ways to help them break the habit, including the use of oral appliances. Throughout the entire process of helping your child breaking his or her sucking habit, remain positive. Remember to praise good behavior to reinforce your child’s efforts to break the habit.
For more information, and to schedule your child’s consultation with our pediatric specialists, please contact our office today.