Thumb sucking is a common habit that many children participate in. However, little did you know, thumb sucking can damage your little one’s smile. This is why it’s important to do all you can to keep your child from sucking their thumb.

Fortunately, Dr. Parker Long has some tricks up his sleeves that can help you help your child. When you come into our office for your dental exam and cleaning, don’t forget to ask for tips and recommendations. Your dentist might recommend praising your child when they choose not to suck their thumb, put a sock or bandage over the thumb, or comfort your child, especially because thumb sucking usually occurs when a child is uncomfortable, nervous, or anxious.

Your dentist can also explain to your child the dangers of thumb sucking. Generally, the habit can hinder the growth of the mouth as well as misalign the teeth. For extreme cases, Dr. Parker Long might even prescribe an appliance that will keep your child’s teeth from moving forward when they suck their thumb. All in all, your dentist will be able to save your child’s smile if you visit our office and discuss the issue.

To schedule an appointment for your child regarding thumb sucking in College Station, Texas, call our office at 979-846-0082 today and talk to a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to help you, and we look forward to helping your child grow into the strong and beautiful smile they deserve!