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Is your child sucking his thumb? It is a perfectly normal part of growing up, and in most cases, your child wills top around the age of four, or when his permanent teeth start to come in. However, if he continues to suck his thumb, he will risk altering the roof of his mouth and having his adult teeth come in at the wrong angles. But there are things you can do to help him kick the thumb sucking habit.

If your child is old enough, talk with him about the problems thumb sucking can create and about possible solutions to the problem. If your child is sucking his thumb because of stress, you should spend some time with him finding out the source of his anxiety so you can address the problem. If thumb sucking is a daytime habit for your child, try finding plenty of activities to keep him busy, especially activities involving his hands. If he sucks his thumb while he is asleep, try putting him to bed at night wearing a glove. One of the most effective ways of helping your child to break the habit is by giving him plenty of praise and encouragement.

If you have tried everything you can think of to help your child stop sucking his thumb, then maybe it is time to see our dentist, Dr. Lien Ngo. The dentist can help explain to your child why it is important to stop and can give you some advice on what you can do at home. If you need help your child to break the thumb sucking habit in Placerville, California, call Brookside Dental at 530-622-1987 today.