Thumbsucking is a common and normal reflex for young children. Babies even suck their thumb in the womb. Young children may suck their thumb or another object for security and to self-soothe themselves to sleep. Research has also found that babies who suck their thumb have fewer allergies. It can even help develop muscles in the mouth and jaw. While thumb sucking isn’t always a concern, this habit can affect your child’s tooth development as they get older. Here is what you should know about thumb sucking and your child’s smile.
It is a parent or guardian’s responsibility to ensure that your child goes through various life experiences smoothly while undergoing the least pain possible. Taking a child to see a pediatric dentist or an orthodontist is often a parent’s worst nightmare. Some parents occasionally wishing they could avoid them altogether due to the pain involved. As a result, pediatric anesthesia has become a popular artificial way of making children insensitive to pain during a visit to the dentist.
If you are the parent of a child, then bringing her or him to a dental facility at a young age is better than waiting until she is an adolescent. Experts recommend beginning dental checkups when a child has her first tooth. During this first examination, you can walk around the dental facility to permit your child to see the different areas, machines, and dental team. When your child sits in the dental chair in a pediatric facility, she will notice everything. All things, including the odd odors from the mouth rinses and cleaning supplies.
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