Well, actually, that depends on each individual child.
It depends specifically on duration, intensity and frequency.
It depends on HOW they suck, what digits they suck ( for example, single finger suckers tend to have narrower palates compared to as thumb sucking children).
Some kids put pressure on their teeth, some kids put pressure on their palate, and others will put pressure on their lower jaws…..
Some children will even need surgery to correct skeletal deformities related to digit sucking.
Generally, thumb and digit sucking will usually have some form of impact on dental growth and development.
The biggest concern with digit sucking is that it results in improper tongue and lip rest postures and functions in childhood which can influence how a child’s face and jaws grows, how their speech and feeding skills develop….
So its definitely worth getting rid of early to reduce the risk of future problems!
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