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Thumb Sucking And Your Child's Developing Smile

Occasional thumb sucking is a normal (and often adorable) part of every kid's childhood. Like any stage of growth, some children pediatric dentistrytransition through the thumb sucking phase faster than others. But in excess, it can lead to problems with a young child's developing teeth. Monitoring thumb sucking habits as the primary teeth begin to erupt is important to help prevent dental problems in the child's future.

The Effects of Thumb Sucking on A Kid's Developing Teeth

Syracuse, NY-based dentists Dr. Karen Lawitts and advise parents to schedule their child's first dentist appointment at six months, or by the first birthday at the latest. Although the teeth are just starting to erupt at this point, primary (baby) teeth are as susceptible to bacteria and decay from sugar buildup as adult teeth. Additionally, a dentist can detect potential problems with bite and alignment as the teeth begin to develop.

Pediatric Dentistry in Syracuse

Why do baby teeth matter if they are not permanent? For starters, they are vulnerable to cavities and decay, which can also affect the gums and the development of the permanent teeth. Habits like thumb sucking can increase the risk of malocclusions (bite problems), crowding, and tooth alignment which also increases the risk that a kid will need braces when they get older. Finding alternatives to steer children away from thumb sucking can help to minimize the risks to their developing teeth and future oral health.

Kids Dentist in Syracuse

Like adults, kids require regular dental check-ups to monitor for problems like tooth decay and to diagnose and treat dental problems as early as possible. For more information on how to deal with thumb sucking and pediatric oral hygiene and dental care, contact the office of Dr. Karen Lawitts and by calling 315-492-8138 to schedule an appointment today.

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