One of the most common dilemmas new parents face is whether or not to use a pacifier to comfort a fussy infant or to allow their toddler to suck their thumb as a way to self-soothe.

That’s because most people know that either can interfere with a child’s proper dental development. Thumb sucking and pacifier use can alter the shape of the roof of the mouth, disrupt the position and alignment of baby teeth, and even narrow their air passages so they’re at a higher risk for developing sleep apnea! 

Overbites, underbites, crooked teeth and other issues caused by these early-stage habits will often require costly orthodontic treatment down the road to improve their dental health and the appearance of their smile.

Our team in Hawthorne, CA can help parents avoid these pitfalls with early orthodontic intervention, oral appliances, and guidance on how to ensure their child’s mouth develops properly. Today, we’re sharing this infographic that lists a few tips on how to help your child stop sucking their thumb so kicking the habit is less stressful on both of you!

For more ways we can help, call Hawthorne Smile Spa at 310-982-4895 for an appointment or schedule online.

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