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Does your young child suck their thumb? Do you ever help them to quit the habit, or give them motivations or rewards to stop the habit? Although thumb sucking seems natural and common, it can harm your child’s teeth and gums. For more information about thumb sucking, take the following quiz:

Which is better for your child’s oral health, pacifiers or thumb-sucking?
a.) Pacifiers
b.) Thumb sucking
c.) Both are good for your child’s oral health
d.) Both are bad for your child’s oral health

Which of the following methods should never be used for children who suck their thumbs?
a.) Praise and attention for the child when not sucking their thumbs
b.) A foul substance placed on their thumbs by their pediatrician
c.) Physical punishment
d.) Rewards for behavior that shows a willingness to quit

True or False: Thumb-sucking is often used by children as a security blanket and defense mechanism.
a.) True
b.) False

True or False: Thumb sucking can cause teeth to move or slide out of position
a.) True
b.) False

Answer Key: d, c, a, a

If you would like to schedule your child’s professional cleaning at Hardy Smiles Pediatric Dentistry or would like a comprehensive oral exam from Dr. Troy Hardy and our team at our pediatric office in Lehi, Utah, please give us a call at 801-331-8449. Come in and let your child become a success story with a healthier and stronger smile today.