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Are thumbsucking and pacifier habits harmful for my child’s teeth?

Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a very long period of time. Most children will stop these habits on their own, but if they are still sucking their thumbs or using a pacifier past the age of three, the doctors at Sporting Smiles can review methods of cessation with you – this may even include an appliance to prevent the habit from continuing.

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