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Published: August 23, 2018

How Thumb Sucking Can Affect Your Teeth

Of course, not all thumb sucking can result in damage to your teeth. For instance, if you hold your thumb in your mouth passively, there would be no damage. However, consistent or active thumb sucking can typically cause a lot of damage to your teeth, and the development of your tooth structure.

Active thumb sucking in both children and adults can have many negative effects on the mouth and teeth. When you suck your thumb vigorously and actively, the sucking and the thumb puts consistent pressure on your jawbone, the roof of the mouth and the teeth.

Let’s look at some of the most common effects of thumb sucking on the teeth.

  1. Overbite

This is situation whereby your front teeth protrude outside from your jaw and mouth. This is because in more often than note, thumb suckers use their front teeth to suck their thumbs. The constant strain on the front teeth to extend away from the jaws and the mouth eventually makes them protrude.

  1. Tipping inwards of the bottom teeth

When you habitually suck your thumb, your bottom teeth might tip inwards. Specifically, they will tip towards the back of your mouth. This happens because when you are sucking your thumb, you will often try to force your bottom teeth inwards as you force the front teeth outward. The bottom teeth tipping inward is one of the bite issues that result from active thumb sucking.

  1. An open bite

This is where the upper and bottom teeth are not in the same line, and therefore they cannot meet even when you close your mouth. This makes it harder to chew food with your front teeth, thus placing more strain on your back teeth.

  1. Poor alignment of the teeth

Thumb sucking results into undesirable changes to your jaws. The change of shape may affect the beautiful alignment of your teeth. This not only affects your smile, but may also affect your speech patterns. For instance, you may start developing a lisp.

  1. Toothache

Thumb sucking is one of the means of getting germs into your mouth. You touch your phone, computer, clothes, and skin and so on with your thumb. Due to this reason, your thumb constantly picks germs that can be harmful to your teeth, mouth and body in general. Of course, you won’t be able to remember to clean your thumb before you start sucking it because it’s your habit and you will find yourself doing it unknowingly. So, you will be definitely taking germs to your teeth frequently. These germs can cause various and mouth diseases resulting into constant toothaches.

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