Thumb sucking is a regarded source of comfort for a child. In most cases, there is no need to worry about this habit, but it is one that kids eventually have to break. Rockwall Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to provide thumb sucking treatment in Rockwall and Heath, Texas. There are signs to look for to recognize if their habit is turning into a potential dental issue.

You need to see how your child is sucking their thumb– is it loose and passive or has it become constant and aggressive? This habit can become more worrisome if your child is consistently having their thumb in their mouth pressing against their teeth and gums. Drs. Morgan, Allman, and Compton can check if your child’s thumb sucking has started to cause problems in a consultation.

You can start working with your child to dismiss this pattern doing a number of things. Here are a few tips:

  • Approach them with praise, not punishment
  • Try to replace their habit with a different calming and comforting item
  • Observe when you child is sucking their thumb, as it may be due to social anxiety or stress caused by a situation
  • Create a diversion to this stress or fear, enabling your child to focus less on sucking their thumb
  • Discuss the effects thumb sucking can have on their teeth if continued

No matter how you choose to confront this challenge, remember that your child should feel safe and comforted instead of scolded. If you want to know more and would like to make an appointment, call our office at 972-771-9933.