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Do Pacifiers Affect Babies’ Teeth?

Do Pacifiers Affect Babies’ Teeth?

Pacifiers can have some adverse effects on the structures of the oral cavity, especially after prolonged use. The most common effect is seen in chronic pacifier use which will cause an anterior open bite, an obvious gap between the upper front and lower front teeth when the jaw is closed. In this circumstance, the back teeth touch, but the front teeth do not.  Another common effect is a posterior cross-bite.  When the upper back teeth are tucked inside the lower back teeth due to the constant sucking habit, there will be a significantly increased overjet, a marked horizontal projection of the upper teeth beyond the lower teeth. (Overbite is when the upper teeth overlap the lower ones more than normal.)

Pacifier use past the age of 5 can delay the front baby teeth from falling out at a normal time and hinder emergence of adult teeth.  Studies have shown that increased pacifier use is associated with more ear infections and more speech and language problems. A pacifier should be used only when a child is going to sleep, then removed immediately.  The habit should end before the second birthday, but the sooner the better.


DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE 10 DIFFERENT TYPES OF LAUGHTERS?

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE 10 DIFFERENT TYPES OF LAUGHTERS?

1.     Etiquette laughter: politely laugh at everything your boss says.

2.   Contagious laughter: walking into a restaurant and you see everyone is laughing, you want to laugh too.

3.   Nervous laughter:  you laugh during the time of anxiety.  You laugh in a subconscious attempt to reduce stress and calm down.

4.   Belly laughter: this is the most honest type.  Children do this a lot.

5.    Silent laughter: this type exists in laughter yoga, laughter therapy and can be called a joker’s laughter.

6.   Stress-relieving laughter: laugh to relieve stress. 

7.    Pigeon laughter:  laughing without open your mouth.

8.   Snorting laughter: blowing air out or sucking it in through the nose.

9.   Canned laughter:  this is the real laughter

10. Cruel laughter:  insensitive laughter like laughing at a funeral.

Remember laughter does not cost anything, so laugh a lot.  Not too confident with your smile, call us at El Portal Dental Group.  We will help you to gain that confidence.