Pediatric Dentistry
129 Lubrano Dr. Suite #300
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 224-0018

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Our team of pediatric dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your child's teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. You may also refer to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's website for more information on pediatric dentistry. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, please contact us.

In general, I would discourage thumb sucking or pacifiers after the age of 4 because they may lead to overcrowded and crooked teeth, as well as bite problems. In some cases, the upper front teeth may tip toward the lip or not come in properly if thumb, finger, or pacifier sucking continues after the age of 4.

From six months to age 3, your child may have sore gums when her teeth erupt. Many parents use a clean teething ring, a cool spoon, or a cold wet washcloth. You also can rub the baby's gums with a clean finger.

A mouth appliance may be effective on children if they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when the permanent teeth arrive.