(HealthDay News) -- Thumb-sucking is a natural reflex that
allows many children to feel less anxious and more secure.
But the habit can wreak havoc with a child's oral health if it
goes on too long, the American Dental Association says. Most kids
stop thumb-sucking by the time their permanent teeth are ready to
If a child continues to suck the thumb after the permanent teeth
appear, the ADA warns it could lead to problems affecting:
- Proper growth of the mouth.
- Alignment of the permanent teeth.
- The roof of the mouth.
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