‘Bunny Teeth’ in Children – What’s Up Doc?

Thumb Sucking and it’s Effects

Most babies develop the habit of sucking their fingers or a dummy when they are little. All parents are often worried about their teeth protruding later in life because of the habit.

The reasons for ‘bunny teeth’ is quite extensive and there are several factors that cause it. While some people think its because of genetics, some swear that its because of the habit. CTM Central looked into debunking the myth of Nature or Nurture affecting the teeth of young ones and here is what we found.

Research suggests that, it is actually caused by mouth breathing and a lack of an anterior seal in the oral cavity when swallowing. In fact, some research suggests that thumb sucking can actually be beneficial, as it helps in correcting nasal breathing.

Bone changes of the jaw and speech problems that are associated with the thumb-sucking habit will need intervention. “Breaking the habit and moving the teeth in alignment can be done orthodontically” says Yasmeen Ghouse, a Dental Hygenist.

Thumb-sucking is a natural and much encouraged habit that doctors allow. However, when the child continues the habit beyond one year, it starts to affect their development in a few ways. Gently encouraging children to break the habit early in life is recommended.

If your child has been struggling with breaking the habit, make a quick visit to your local dentist and find remedies that can help them. They will eventually get over it, so never fret and cause distress to them, because most of times that’s a natural soothing process they choose to take by nature.

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