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How can thumb sucking cause dental problems?

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If thumb sucking continues beyond age 5, when the permanent teeth begin to come in, dental problems can occur. The teeth can be pushed out of alignment, causing them to protrude and create an overbite. Your child may also have difficulty pronouncing words. The upper and lower jaws also can become misaligned and the roof of the mouth might become malformed.

From: Oral Health Problems in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

SOURCE: American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on January 15, 2018

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