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The Facts About Finger Sucking

Last updated 5 years ago

Many children suck on their thumbs, fingers, or pacifiers in order to soothe and calm themselves. Unfortunately, this can lead to a number of dental complications. This video from the Health Science Channel provides an overview of finger sucking.

While most babies stop sucking on their thumbs or fingers after about 6-8 months, others continue this habit long into the kindergarten years. It is important for children who still suck their thumb past the age of six to visit their dentist in order to check for jawbone abnormalities and oral malocclusions, as the pressure of the thumb along the palate and front teeth can lead to a number of malformations. Watch the rest of the clip to learn more.

For more information on preventative dentistry, orthodontics, or laser dentistry, contact the Long Island children’s dentists with Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry at (516) 798-1111 today! You can also visit us online to set up an appointment.


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