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Although thumb sucking is a very common trait in many children, nonetheless it can cause serious harm to a child’s teeth and can even affect the growth and location of the permanent teeth that will grow in later. Listed below are some common questions about thumb sucking in young children:

True or False: Thumb sucking can cause malocclusions, which are misalignment issues.
a.) True
b.) False

True or False: Pacifiers can have similar negative effects on a child’s oral health that thumb-sucking does.
a.) True
b.) False

Why do children suck their thumbs?
a.) Fear
b.) Because they are teething
c.) Insecurity issues
d.) All of the above

What are some treatment methods for children who suck their thumbs?
a.) Their pediatrician can coat their thumbs with a foul-tasting substance
b.) Praise the child when they stop sucking their thumb
c.) Build up a child’s confidence
d.) All of the above

Answer Key: a, a, d, d

To discuss your child’s oral health care options with Dr. Jeffrey Erickson and the rest of our team at Texas Kids Dental, simply book an appointment at our pediatric office in El Paso, Texas. Our number is 915-858-6868, and we look forward to making your child’s smile shine soon!