Thumb sucking and dental problems

One factor that determines whether a child will have dental problems is the intensity with which she sucks her thumb.

A child who just rests her thumb in her mouth or passively sucks on it is less likely to develop problems than a child who sucks her thumb in earnest. Parents whose children are vigorous thumb suckers should pay attention to any changes in their child’s primary teeth and consult a dentist if any are noted.

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