Can Thumbsucking And Pacifier Use Cause Damage To Your Child’s Teeth?

Do you have a young child in your life who is always grabbing for their pacifier or continuously sucking their thumb? These are both common soothing techniques for infants and toddlers. It is also a common coping mechanism as a child gets a little older to help them feel calm and not overwhelmed by a situation. While these behaviors can help ease a tantrum or create a sense of calm on a sleepless night, the longer your child uses a pacifier or sucks their thumb, the more damage they can cause to their teeth and jaw.

Bad Habits That Are Harming Your Child’s Teeth

We frequently speak about the importance of oral health and ways to help you keep your teeth and mouth healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to teach healthy oral habits at a young age. Bad habits that start in childhood can be extremely difficult to change. We would hate for these habits to lead to problems with your children’s oral health now and in the future.

Prepare For Your Child’s Dentist Visit

Did you know that we see children ages four and older at Joel D. Singer, DMD? If you are looking for a new dentist for your children, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Entrup. It is recommended that children visit the dentist for their first appointment when their teeth start to emerge. Some parents are not aware or have not made an appointment for their children yet, even though they are older. That is no problem at all, because there is no time like the present to schedule an appointment.