(818) 980-5300 5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA   91607

Though babies and toddlers use thumb-sucking to self-sooth, this habit can cause dental problems if your child continues as he or she grows up. By age six, you should work on curbing this habit so that you don’t end up with correct teeth, bite concerns, or additional treatment costs. Talk with your dentist or orthodontist for specific recommendations about handling the issue.

The following suggestions may help you work with your child to stop the thumb-sucking:

• Use positive affirmations. Instead of scolding your child for thumb-sucking, offer praise when he or she isn’t engaged in the behavior.

• Dig deeper. Often, children suck their thumbs because of fear or anxiety.

• Identifying the cause of the concerns may reduce your child’s need for this type of comfort.

• Create a plan. Talk with your child and get his or her input for the best way to stop the thumb-sucking. When you involve your child in the process, you may see more willing participation.

• Call in reinforcements. Ask your dentist and/or orthodontist to speak with your child and explain the oral health consequences for thumb-sucking.

• Add a deterrent. Sometimes, placing a sock over the thumb, wrapping a bandage around the digit, or using a thumb guard will make it difficult for your child to keep up the habit.

• Offer incentives. Let your child come up with a special reward for kicking the thumb-sucking habit. A new video game, coveted toy, or special dinner may provide the necessary push your child needs.

Straight teeth at Mehdi Fotovat Sherman Oaks Orthodontist

Mehdi Fotovat, D.D.S.

ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST

5445 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 980-5300

Our practice is conveniently located on Laurel Canyon Blvd. between Burbank Blvd. and Chandler Blvd. in Valley Village. Free parking is available behind the building.

Our Hours

Tuesday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm