The Dentists’ View

Prolonged digit sucking can create long term problems with the development of children’s teeth and mouth. Our thumb sucking dental advice can help your child overcome the effects of thumb sucking on teeth and what dentists recommended to parents who were struggling to get their children to stop.

Dr LINA Kotecha

From Glen Dental, Leicester explained…“Once permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes in the roof of the mouth, which in turn affect speech and the bite of the teeth.”

the intensity of the sucking is a factor that determines whether or not dental problems may result. If children rest their thumbs passively in their mouths, they are likely to cause fewer problems than those who vigorously suck their thumbs. Some aggressive thumb suckers may develop problems with their baby (primary) teeth as well as their permanent teeth.

Dr Dan Shaffer

from Pure Dentistry, Harpenden said, “Prolonged and vigorous thumb sucking can create problems with the palate and the formation of the teeth, but some children find it very hard to stop the habit.

We are delighted to team up with Thumbsie® which has been really successful for our patients. It’s such a positive way to help and it’s our “go to” solution.”


Andrew MacGregor

from Park Orthodontics in Glasgow said…“The longer the thumb sucking continues, the more difficult these features are to correct and often teeth remain poorly aligned for the rest of their lives.”

Dr MacGregor adds “As the adult teeth come through in a thumb sucker they become more prominent or ‘goofy’ and the bite becomes misaligned and this can lead to so-called cross bites and open bites.”