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Have you heard that thumb sucking is hazardous for your oral health? Saving smiles from thumb sucking is an important part of helping your child’s oral health, as the best smiles are possible with thumb sucking prevention. Facts about thumb sucking include:

– Offer up advice during the moments when your child is sucking their thumb to explain to them the effect thumb sucking can have on their teeth.
– If your child has not quit by the time they are four, you should begin to try to be more proactive to help them break the habit.
– In some circumstances, a pediatrician can help with the child’s habit by coating their finger in a foul tasting substance.
– Make an effort to encourage or praise your child when they stop sucking their thumb by giving them a treat or gift that helps to remind them to not suck their thumb.
– Although pacifiers may seem like an apt alternative to thumb sucking, they are not, as they can cause the same type of damage to your child’s teeth.

If you notice signs of thumb sucking in your child, fortunately, it can be treated. Price Pediatric Dentistry remains committed to your oral health, and you are welcome to book an appointment with us by calling 435.637.9590. Stop by our pediatric office in Price, Utah, and Dr. Trace M. Lund and our team will give you the treatment you need. We will get your child back to smiling once more!