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My wee DD who's 2 and a half has sucked her two front fingers since she was about 3 months old and still does it when she goes off to sleep, and also when she s nervous or just tired. Ive noticed lately she is getting a bit of an overbite and was wondering if anyone has had any dealings with this before? We have a visit for the dentist coming up soon i guess as we are enrolled so maybe will find out a bit more there.
Im not hugely concerned as its just her baby teeth just more curious if anyone elses wee ones do this ?
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Friday, 17 September 2010 5:31 a.m.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010 1:17 a.m.
I used to suck my two fingers into my early teens and i had done it since i was a baby, I was told by the dentist that if i continued i would have to have braces as i had pushed my top teeth forward. It was enough to make me stop and eventually they went back and now i don't have a problem with them.
Monday, 4 October 2010 6:01 a.m.
i was a finger sucker right up to my teens. i have no problems with my teeth wotsoeva. i did have indents in my fingers and a finger nail for yrs after i stopped. im 24 now n the only lasting thing is 1 of my fingers is no longer straight.
Friday, 1 October 2010 12:05 a.m.
i sucked my thumb till i was 16yrs and i now have to live on the sickness benefit because of teeth and jaw problems. but aslong as they stop young its ok and most children do.
Monday, 20 September 2010 3:48 a.m.
generally it is bad for their teeth/jaw but if stopped by school age the dental problems ie, overbite corrects itself. My DS is a chronic thumb sucker since 6 months, he's now 3 1/2 yrs and over the past month has given up thumb sucking during the day but not at night, had a dental nurse visit a couple of weeks ago, she suggested it would be great if he totally stops within the next year as his overbite will correct itself, otherwise he has perfect teeth. Not to sure how to stop night time thumb sucking though! She did say not to stress about it though or try to force it with him as often they do stop themselves.
Saturday, 18 September 2010 10:20 a.m.
Yeah, you only have to worry if they keep doing it when they have adult teeth. Also, DD was a big thumb sucker, and I noticed as she got older she naturally started doing it less, and all it took was an occasional reminder to get her thumb out, but I didn't start doing that until she was 4. Really for most children socially they discover it's not the done thing and that takes care of it. You'll still get people telling you how bad it is for their teeth, like everything children do, people feel free to give their personal opinion at any time.
Friday, 17 September 2010 9:58 a.m.
I sucked my thimb till i was 7. I have perfect teeth- even if i do say so my self :-P I have straight teeth and have never had a filling :)
If you are worried talk to plunket or the dental nurse :)
Friday, 17 September 2010 8:50 a.m.
Both my girls are thumb suckers - the eldest moved her teeth around a little but dental nurse wasn't concerned. The youngest must have sucked right down to the base of her thumb as she caused the bottom teeth to be pushed back and the top teeth to protrude out and it was making her top jaw narrower too - I was concerned but again the dental nurse wasn't worried at all as long as she stops before she gets her adult teeth in another couple of years - she is 4 now and sucks her thumb a lot less and already her jaw is improving. It did cause her to bite through her bottom lip a LOT when she fell over as a toddler - she used to do this at least weekly with blood everywhere - I was beginning to worry that her bottom lip would be permanently thickened from the scaring but hasn't done this in ages and lip fine now.
Friday, 17 September 2010 5:49 a.m.
I would definitely talk to the dentist about it. I also think that because it's just her baby teeth it isn't a problem yet, and only if this habit continues past the time she gets her adult teeth will this be an issue. So you have a few years before you need to get worried.
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