Get Help for Your Child’s Thumb-Sucking Habit in Sandy & West Valley

If you’re concerned about what thumb-sucking can do to your child’s future smile, contact Dentistry for Children for guidance and support. Dr. Erik Rooklidge and our team have the experience you need to help your child break this habit. Stopping them from sucking their thumb can help:

  • Ensure that your child’s permanent teeth develop properly
  • Reduce the chances that they will need orthodontic treatment later
  • Preserve normal facial structure
  • Prevent speech problems and potential embarrassment

Whether you visit our Sandy or West Valley, Utah, dental practice, our team can help you come up with strategies to stop your child from sucking their thumb. Call us at either location today for an appointment with our dentists that fits around your busy schedule.

Learn More About This Habit & When to Stop It

Did you know that thumb-sucking can often be seen in the womb? It is a completely natural reflex that most children do for some period of time.

That said, if children continue sucking their thumbs past their fourth or fifth birthday, they could be putting their future smiles in jeopardy. If your child has reached 4 or 5 years old and is still sucking their thumb, you should visit Dentistry for Children for help discouraging this behavior.

When you and your child visit us, we will talk with you both to determine the best strategies to stop thumb-sucking. Every case is different, so we will do our best to come up with the solutions that work for you and your child.

Here are some tips on things you can try on your own to help stop your kids from sucking their thumbs:

  • Praise your child for not sucking their thumb instead of punishing them for doing it
  • Put a bandage on your child’s thumb at night
  • Talk with your child about why they suck their thumb and try to address the root cause

Stop worrying about how best to stop thumb-sucking. Call Dentistry for Children today for personalized, professional advice.