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Thumb and finger sucking is a natural reflex for children and usually stops by three or four years.

However, if the habit continues past this age, it may start to affect the growth of their jaw and positioning of their teeth. This can affect appearance, speech, breathing and swallowing as well as have other ongoing effects.

We understand this can be stressful for parents, and we are here to help! An early dental visit will allow your dentist to assess your child’s growth
and development. They can also give advice to help break their habit.

Visit the Sunbird Orthodontics website or read more on the PakMag Cairns site HERE.