have an increased overjet commonly called "bucked teeth." This occurs because the thumb acts to push the upper front teeth forward and the lower front teeth back toward the tongue. Finally, patients with a strong thumb habit will suck the cheeks in which can lead to a narrow upper jaw. The longer the thumb habit persists, the higher the risk of these problems developing. I would recommend you work with your daughter to remind her to stop this habit. Thumb paint solutions such as Mavala or Thumb Stop can serve as a reminder to not put the tongue in the mouth. There are thumb guards which go over the thumb which can also help some children to stop this habit. Rewards charts are a great way to encourage positive
reinforcement if she can fall asleep without her thumb going in the mouth. Trying at home remedies to see if you can get this to stop is a good first step. If you cannot get it to stop at home soon, I would suggest you review this with your dentist, a pediatric dentist, or an orthodontist. Many times they can provide you with things to try to help stop the habit and let you know if any tooth or jaw problems are developing. If simple remedies fail, you can have custom appliances made to block the thumb from shifting the teeth or changing the jaw growth. You are addressing this at a great time since age 6 is when many of the permanent teeth erupt. Please don't hesitate to reach out to a dental professional if you feel you need more help - we love to help avoid problems from developing in the first place.
I wish you the best of luck with your daughter!
Sucking urges can be linked to lack of adequate beast feeding and premature birth. Interesting, some adults still such their thumb. This problem may need help from other professional sources to correct.
If I were you, I would find a Board Certified Orthodontist in your area and call to see if they offer a free consultation. These consultations are usually pretty quick and may involve some complimentary photos and x-rays as well as an office tour to let you get a feel for the competence and friendliness of the orthodontist and their staff.
This website will allow you to find a Board Certified Orthodontist.
You should go and see an orthodontist.
If you wait too long it will get worse.