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Im18 and still suck my thumb, its embarassing.Cant sleep if I don't cause then I clench and grind my teeth, it hurts. Should I see a dentist about it?
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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Using a dental guard might be a safer substitute for your thumb.
Many people clench or grind their teeth in their sleep or as a nervous habit. You might also try relaxation techniques or counseling if you are unusually anxious.

In brief: Yes
Using a dental guard might be a safer substitute for your thumb.
Many people clench or grind their teeth in their sleep or as a nervous habit. You might also try relaxation techniques or counseling if you are unusually anxious.
Dr. John Weeks
Dr. John Weeks
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Dr. Sander White
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: Yes
A dentist can help you.

In brief: Yes
A dentist can help you.
Dr. Sander White
Dr. Sander White
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Dr. Gary Alder
Dentistry
In brief: Yes
Thumb sucking can become a chronic habit.
Most patients have a favorite hand to suck. With younger children i will have the parent lightly wrap the offending arm with an ace bandage. A youngster is not strong enough to bend the elbow enough to suck the thumb. You could try this. If you are grinding your teeth at night there are dental appliances that can mitigate the negative effects of this.

In brief: Yes
Thumb sucking can become a chronic habit.
Most patients have a favorite hand to suck. With younger children i will have the parent lightly wrap the offending arm with an ace bandage. A youngster is not strong enough to bend the elbow enough to suck the thumb. You could try this. If you are grinding your teeth at night there are dental appliances that can mitigate the negative effects of this.
Dr. Gary Alder
Dr. Gary Alder
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