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When you think about the risks associated with thumb-sucking, it is important to realize that not only can it cause problems to a child’s teeth or even affect the alignment of their teeth, it can even lead to changes in the roof of their mouth or present harmful bacteria and germs to their smile. To keep a child safe from thumb sucking risks, always discouraged the habit. To assess your knowledge about thumb-sucking and its risks, take the quiz below:

Question 1: Which of the following definitions most closely describes thumb sucking?
A: issues with people licking their fingers after eating cheese-flavored snacks
B: a condition in which a child sucks their thumb, which can lead to several oral health risks
C: round two in thumb war battles
D: an infection of the liver

Question 2: Which of the following is a risk factor for thumb sucking?
A: insecurities
B: friendship difficulties between children and their imaginary friends
C: feelings of fear
D: both A and C

Question 3: Which of the following is a typical treatment that can be used for thumb sucking prevention?
A: foul-tasting medications that coat a child’s finger
B: alternative sucking appliances such as pacifiers
C: consistent praise when your child stops sucking their thumb
D: all of the above

Question 4: Which of the following is a known oral health benefit of having your child stop sucking their thumb?
A: less risk for misalignments in their teeth
B: free food at local restaurants
C: homework free pass at school
D: indestructible teeth

Answer Key:
B, D, D, A

Enhance your child’s smile with thumb sucking treatments. If you would like to visit with our dentists and team at Dayton Comprehensive Dentistry for a comprehensive examination, please call (937)350-5379 (Springboro), (937)253-3601 (Dayton) or (937)435-1353 (Kettering) to set up an appointment at our offices in Springboro, Dayton, and Kettering, Ohio.