What are the effects of thumb sucking

Thumb sucking and jaw misalignment

What are the risks?

Sucking your thumb increases that Risk of misaligned teeth and jawswhich very often has to be treated with orthodontic measures. Physiologically speaking, pacifier sucking is the lesser of two evils. As a rule, children up to the age of 5 get used to sucking their thumbs themselves. If detachment is particularly difficult, Daumexol can be used®, a bitter substance, on the thumb.

About Two thirds of misaligned teeth and jaw deformities are due to sucking habits and about a third of the anomalies are due to heredity. Some parents do not take crooked teeth in their deciduous teeth so seriously; in fact, however, these can have negative effects on the permanent teeth.

Misaligned teeth increase the risk of tooth decayas the niches cannot be cleaned thoroughly and moreover it can be too Problems in language development come (lisp). Particularly severe misalignments can impair the lip closure, i.e. the child cannot close the lips "by itself" without exertion. Most of the time, these children breathe through their mouths, which in turn leads to the drying of the mucous membranes. As a result, colds and disturbed sleep are common, and the risk of tooth decay is increased because the remineralization of the teeth via the saliva is reduced. If the jaws and teeth are not correctly arranged against each other (occlusion), this can even lead to digestive disorders, as good chopping of the food is a prerequisite for optimal digestion.

Some anomalies of the deciduous dentition, including the early loss of certain deciduous teeth, can be transferred to the permanent dentition, which then leads to complex orthodontic treatments in the orthodontic practice. In order to avoid tooth alignment and jaw anomalies, parents should have their child's teeth examined by the dentist on a regular basis. He can identify deviations at an early stage and take appropriate preventive measures.