Dummy vs. Thumb Sucking: What Scientific Studies Reveal about the Impact on Children's Dental Development

Based on the results of one study, both thumb and dummy sucking were associated with observed anomalies in the developing dentition, but dummy-sucking habits had the most profound influence on the anterior and posterior occlusions of the children.

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1: "Sucking Habits In Childhood And The Effects On The Primary Dentition: Findings Of The Avon Longitudinal Study Of Pregnancy And Childhood," International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 2008, by K Duncan, C Mcnamara, AJ Ireland. (Citations: 62).

Methods. The Children in Focus group of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Pregnancy and Childhood study was studied. Questionnaire data on non-nutritive sucking habits were collected on the children at 15 months, 24 months, and 36 months of age. Dental ...



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