For older children, how will it affect their teeth?

If older children continue to thumb-suck, this may affect the teeth and jaws since:

  • The upper front teeth may bend outward or become crooked
  • It may cause malocclusion or misalignment of the upper and lower jaws
  • It may hinder the growth of the jaws and bones that support the teeth
  • It can cause changes in the roof of the mouth

Aside from thumb-sucking, prolonged use of pacifiers can cause the same problems. Because persistent habits may cause long-term problems, intervention may be recommended for children beyond 3 years of age.

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