Thumb (Digit) Sucking

Thumb sucking is a habit that occurs in infants.  Children usually give this habit up by the age of four.  If your child continues past the age when their permanent teeth start to erupt, they may develop crooked teeth.  The roof of their mouth may also become malformed.  This occurs because of the frequency, duration, intensity, and position of the digit in their mouth.   This can also affect the position of the upper and lower jaw as well as speech development.

Suggestions to break the habit:

  • Wait until the time is right (low stress)
  • Motivate your child (show examples of what could happen to their teeth and fingers/thumbs)
  • Use a reward system (small incentives will encourage your child to stick with it)