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7 Old Wives’ Tales That are Totally Real


7. Sucking Your Thumb Gives You Buck Teeth.

For generations, parents have warned their children that sucking their thumb can give them buck teeth later in life. It may seem like an idea that would have gone the way of the Dodo, but it’s  an entirely real possibility. Thumb-sucking is common among young children. But if it keeps going on when a child’s permanent teeth start to grow in, the teeth can become misaligned and, eventually, push top teeth out. If you want to avoid a pricey set of braces, encourage your child to stop sucking their thumb after they reach the age of 6!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:56AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

1:18AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you so much Katie!

5:48AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

interesting thank you

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6:42PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

so Cool

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10:11AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Good reminders!

2:21PM PST on Feb 26, 2013

Mom-isms I love! Thanks for the collection of fond memories

11:51AM PST on Feb 26, 2013


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