Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off

Thumb Sucking and Your Child’s Dental Health

Kids can have lots of bad habits, but one that we hear about frequently is thumb sucking.  Fortunately, thumb sucking is quite common and harmless for babies and toddlers.  Many children will even stop on their own.

If your child reaches 2.5 years old and still sucks their thumb, it may be time to intervene.  We strongly encourage using positive reinforcement and rewards to break the habit.  A reward chart for not sucking a thumb can motivate some children.  Even something as simple as excited, encouraging words can motivate many children to stop.

If you are still frustrated with this habit, talk to us about options.  We can give you personalized suggestions at your next appointment.

As your child’s pediatric dentist in Tucson, we want to take care of all your children’s dental needs.  If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (520) 544-8522.

About Northwest Children’s Pediatric Dentists

Dr. Norman Bunch and Dr. Jennifer Marshall are doctor spouses who have been working as kids dentists in Tucson for years.  They have deep ties to Tucson, as well as the surrounding Oro Valley, Marana, Oracle, and other areas. Northwest Children’s Dentistry provides top-notch care for toddlers, children, teens, and special needs children. If you’re looking for a general dentist for kids in Tucson, contact us today at (520) 544-8522.