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Teething and Thumb Sucking


At Dr. Camps Pediatric Dental Center, we are committed to educating both parents and patients in dental hygiene. We strive to treat each patient and parent as we would our own family members. Today, we are diving into teething and thumb sucking.


Teething is a milestone in your child’s development, but it can often come with its fair share of challenges. Here’s what you need to know:

Timing: Teething typically begins around 6 months of age, but it can vary from child to child. The process can continue until around age 3.

Symptoms: Common signs of teething include increased drooling, irritability, swollen gums, and a desire to chew on objects.

Relief: Provide your child with teething rings or chilled (not frozen) teething toys to help soothe their gums. Gentle massages with clean fingers can also offer comfort.

Dental Care: Even before the first tooth emerges, it’s essential to start oral hygiene practices. Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp cloth after feeding to remove bacteria.

Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking is a natural reflex for infants, providing comfort and security. However, prolonged thumb sucking can lead to dental issues. Here’s how to address it:

Understanding the Impact: Prolonged thumb sucking can cause misalignment of teeth, palate changes, and even speech issues.

Gentle Guidance: Encourage your child to stop thumb sucking gently. Positive reinforcement, such as praise or rewards for not sucking their thumb, can be effective.

Identify Triggers: Pay attention to situations that trigger thumb sucking, such as stress or boredom, and offer alternative coping mechanisms.

Consultation: If thumb sucking persists beyond the age of 3 or 4, consult with a pediatric dentist for guidance and support.

It is important to visit a pediatric dentist by 12 months or within 6 months of your receiving their first tooth. If you or your child have any concerns about their teeth or oral health, please give us a call at Dr. Camps Pediatric Dental Center.

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