My daughter has a habit of thumbsucking. What are the negative effects?

Thumb sucking tends to pull the front teeth forward, creating gaps. Your child’s palate (the roof of the mouth) may become arched causing what’s known as an “Open Bite". It may also cause front teeth to be pushed forward, causing bite and speech problems. Many older children who still suck their thumbs may have trouble making “S” sounds or sounds requiring the tongue to touch the front teeth. Thumbsucking continues after permanent teeth come in or especially in cases of excessively hard sucking, dental problems can occur. 

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